The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last month required the utility to provide more information on its strategy to reduce electricity usage during busy times.
State regulatory staff recently recommended that utilities offer discounts for charging vehicles during off-peak hours.
Consumers Energy will help up to 100,000 customers buy smart thermostats as part of an effort to minimize the need for expensive peak power.
Stakeholder groups generally support the utility’s proposal but have concerns related to consumer protections.
Energy storage has clear benefits, but its impact on greenhouse gas emissions isn’t fully clear.