US APPROVES CONSUMERS POWER TARIFF

US APPROVES CONSUMERS POWER TARIFF

Consumers Power Co. said that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved its amended "open access" electric interconnection service tariff, with some modifications. Consumers Power intends to abide with FERC's changes, the company said in a statement.

The FERC approval allows independent power producers, municipalities, cooperatives and other utilities to sell their power to Consumers Power for resale to electric utilities interconnected with Consumers Power.In compliance with the FERC order, Consumers Power will make the tariff available to all qualifying facilities.

In approving the tariff, FERC denied motions by the Michigan Municipal Cooperative Group and the American Public Power Association, trade associations that were seeking lower rates and more liberal access terms than Consumers Power had offered.

Consumers Power, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp., is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility.