DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION  
CONSUMER STANDARDS AND BILLING PRACTICES  
FOR ELECTRIC AND NATURAL GAS SERVICE  
(By authority conferred on the public service commission by section 7 of 1909 PA  
106, section 2 of 1909 PA 300, section 5 of 1919 PA 419, sections 4 and 6 of 1939 PA 3,  
and sections 3, 9, and 231 of 1965 PA 380, MCL 460.557, MCL 460.55, MCL 460.4,  
MCL 460.6, MCL 462.2(12), MCL 16.103, MCL 16.109, MCL 16.331, and Executive  
Reorganization Order Nos. 1996-2, 2003-1, 2008-4, and 2011-4, MCL 445.2001, MCL  
445.2011, MCL 445.2025, and MCL 445.2030.)  
R 460.101 Applicability; purpose.  
Rule 1. (1) These rules apply to utility service that is provided by electric and natural  
gas utilities that are subject to the jurisdiction of the public service commission.  
(2) These rules are intended to promote safe and adequate service to the public and to  
provide standards for uniform and reasonable practices by electric and natural gas utilities  
in dealing with residential and nonresidential customers.  
(3) These rules do not relieve a utility from any of its duties under the laws of this state.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.101a Scope of rules.  
Rule 1a. (1) Nothing contained in these rules covering consumer standards and billing  
practices shall be implemented in a manner that circumvents or is inconsistent with utility  
rules, orders, or tariffs approved by the commission to ensure the safe and reliable  
delivery of energy service.  
(2) After notice and an opportunity to be heard, utilities determined by the commission  
to be in violation of these rules shall be subject to all damages and fines contained within  
the statutes under which these rules are promulgated.  
(3) Upon written request of a person, utility, or on its own motion, the commission may  
temporarily waive any requirements of these rules when it determines the waiver will  
further the effective and efficient administration of these rules and is in the public  
interest.  
History: 2017 AACS.  
R 460.102 Definitions; A to F.  
Rule 2. As used in these rules:  
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(a) "Actual meter reading" means a natural gas or electric meter reading that is based  
on the customer's actual energy use during the period reported and that complies with any  
of the following:  
(i) Performed by a utility representative.  
(ii) Performed by the customer and communicated to the company by mail, telephone,  
fax, on a secure company website, or other reasonable means.  
(iii) Transmitted to the utility from the meter through a secure communication channel,  
or by an automated or remote meter reading device.  
(b) "Aggregate data" means any customer account information from which all  
identifying information has been removed so that the individual data or information of a  
customer cannot be associated with that customer without extraordinary effort.  
(c) "Applicant" means an emancipated minor, a person 18 years of age or older, or a  
business entity requesting utility electric or natural gas service in the name of that person  
or entity.  
(d) "Billing error" means an undercharge or overcharge that is caused by any of the  
following:  
(i) An incorrect actual meter reading by a company representative.  
(ii) An incorrect remote meter reading.  
(iii) An incorrect meter constant or pressure factor.  
(iv) An incorrect calculation of the applicable rate.  
(v) A meter switched by the utility or a utility representative.  
(vi) An incorrect application of the rate schedule.  
(vii) Failure to provide a monthly bill to the customer at the end of a billing cycle  
except as provided in these rules or other relevant tariffs.  
(viii) Another similar act or omission by the utility in determining the amount of a  
customer's bill. An undercharge or overcharge that is caused by a non-registering meter, a  
meter error, or the use of an estimated meter reading or a customer reading is not a billing  
error.  
(e) "Billing month" means a natural gas or electric consumption period of not less than  
26 days or more than 35 days.  
(f) "Billing specialist" means a representative of a utility who investigates and resolves  
meter reading discrepancies or errors.  
(g) "Commission" means the Michigan public service commission.  
(h) "Complaint determination" means the written decision of a hearing officer after a  
customer hearing.  
(i) "Critical care customer" means any customer who requires, or has a household  
member who requires, home medical equipment or a life support system, and who, on  
an annual basis, provides a commission-approved medical certification form from a  
physician or medical facility to the utility identifying the medical equipment or life  
support system and certifying that an interruption of service would be immediately  
life-threatening.  
(j) "Customer" means an account holder who purchases electric or natural gas service  
from a utility. An individual who is a customer must be at least 18 years of age or an  
emancipated minor.  
(k) "Customer hearing" means a hearing on a disputed matter before a hearing officer  
that a utility offers to a customer under the provisions of R 460.155.  
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(l) "Cycle billing" means a system that renders bills for utility service to various  
customers on different days of a calendar month.  
(m) "Delinquent account" means an account with charges for utility service that  
remains unpaid 5 days or more after the due date.  
(n) "Eligible low-income customer" means a utility customer whose household  
income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty guidelines as published by the  
United States department of health and human services or who receives any of the  
following:  
(i) Supplemental security income or low-income assistance through the department of  
human services or successor agency.  
(ii) Food stamps.  
(iii) Medicaid.  
(o) "Eligible military customer" means a utility customer, spouse of a customer, or  
customer whose spouse is in the military who meets all of the following:  
(i) Is on full-time active duty.  
(ii) Is deployed overseas in response to a declared war or undeclared hostilities or is  
deployed within the United States in response to a declared national or state emergency  
and the household income is reduced as a result.  
(iii) Notifies the utility of his or her eligibility.  
(iv) Provides verification of eligibility if requested by the utility.  
(p) "Eligible senior citizen customer" means a utility customer who meets both of the  
following criteria:  
(i) Is 65 years of age or older.  
(ii) Advises the utility of his or her eligibility.  
(q) "Energy assistance program" means a program that provides financial assistance or  
assistance in improving residential energy efficiency and energy conservation.  
(r) "Energy usage" means the consumption of electricity or natural gas.  
(s) "Estimated bill" means a bill for service at the premises that is not based on an  
actual meter reading for the period being billed but that is based on calculations of  
how much natural gas or electricity a customer likely used during the billing period.  
(t) "Formal hearing" means a dispute resolution process administered by an  
administrative law judge pursuant to these rules, applicable tariffs, and the rules of  
practice and procedure before the commission, R 792.10101 to R 792.11903.  
(u) "Formal hearing request" means a document describing how a regulated utility has  
violated these rules, a commission order, or a tariff that is presented in writing to the  
executive secretary of the commission to initiate an administrative process pursuant  
to the rules of practice and procedure before the commission.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.102a Definitions; G to P.  
Rule 2a. As used in these rules:  
(a) "Gas cost recovery" means the adjustment in rates to recognize the cost of  
purchased natural gas.  
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(b) "Hearing officer" means a notary public who is qualified to administer oaths to  
conduct customer hearings against the utility company and who is on a list filed with the  
commission.  
(c) "Heating season" means the period between November 1 and March 31.  
(d) "In dispute" means that a matter is the subject of an unresolved disagreement, claim,  
or complaint against a utility by a customer, or the customer's authorized agent.  
(e) "Informal complaint" means a matter that requires follow-up action  
or  
investigation by the utility or the commission to resolve the matter without a customer  
hearing or formal hearing.  
(f) "Inquiry" means a question regarding a utility matter that is asked by the customer  
and answered by the utility or the commission.  
(g) "Large nonresidential customer" means a nonresidential customer with usage of 300  
Mcf or more of natural gas per year or 30,000 kWh or more of electric usage per year,  
including schools and centrally metered apartment buildings.  
(h) "Late payment charge" means a finance, service, carrying, or penalty charge that  
is assessed by a utility because a bill or portion of a bill is delinquent.  
(i) "Medical emergency" means an existing medical condition of the customer or a  
member of the customer's household, as defined and certified by a physician or public  
health official on a commission-approved medical certification form, that will be  
aggravated by the lack of utility service.  
(j) "Meter" means a utility-owned device that measures the quantity of natural gas used  
by a customer, including a device that measures the heat content of natural gas or a  
utility-owned device that measures and registers the amount of electrical power used.  
(k) "Meter error" means a failure to accurately measure and record all of the natural gas  
or electrical quantities used that are required by the applicable rate or rates.  
(l) "New customer" means a customer who has not received the utility's service within  
the previous 6 years.  
(m) "Occupant" means an individual or entity, other than the customer of record,  
occupying a premises. An occupant who is an individual must be at least 18 years of age  
or an emancipated minor.  
(n) "Peak season" means the period during which a utility experiences its maximum  
demand for electric or natural gas service.  
(o) "Positive identification information" means a consistently used appropriate  
identification such as, but not limited to, any of the following:  
(i) A driver's license, identification card issued by a state, U.S. military card, U.S.  
military dependent's identification card, Native American tribal document, passport, or  
other government-issued identification containing a photograph.  
(ii) Articles of incorporation, tax identification documents, business license, certificate  
of authority, or similar documents proving identity of a business.  
(p) "Power supply cost recovery" means the adjustment in rates to recognize the  
cost of purchased power and fuel for electric generation.  
(q) "Prepaid service" means a commission-authorized plan that entitles a utility to  
receive payments for service to a customer’s premises in advance of the customer’s  
actual usage of the service.  
(r) "Previous customer" means a customer who has received the utility's service within  
the previous 6 years but is not currently receiving service.  
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(s) "Primary purpose" means the collection, use, or disclosure of information that a  
utility collects or a customer supplies when an authorized business need exists or as an  
emergency response requires in order to do any of the following:  
(i) Provide, bill, or collect for regulated electric or natural gas service.  
(ii) Provide for system, grid, or operational needs.  
(iii) Provide services as state or federal law requires or as the utility’s approved tariff  
specifically authorizes.  
(iv) Plan, implement, or evaluate programs, products, or services related to energy  
assistance, demand response, energy management, or energy efficiency.  
History: 2017 AACS.  
R 460.102b Definitions; Q to Z.  
Rule 2b. As used in these rules:  
(a) "Regulation officer" means a member of the commission staff who resolves  
complaints pursuant to these rules.  
(b) "Remote shutoff and restoration capability" means the ability to terminate or restore  
service to a premises from another location.  
(c) "Residential service or use" means the provision or use of electricity or natural gas  
for residential purposes.  
(d) "Satisfactory payment history" means that a customer's account was not delinquent  
more than 1 time in the past 12 months.  
(e) "Seasonally billed customer" means a customer who is billed on a seasonal basis  
pursuant to a utility tariff that is approved by the commission.  
(f) "Secondary purpose" means any purpose that is not a primary purpose.  
(g) "Settlement agreement" means a documented agreement that is entered into by a  
customer and a utility and that resolves any matter in dispute.  
(h) "Shutoff of service" means a discontinuance of utility service that is not requested  
by a customer.  
(i) "Small nonresidential customer" means a nonresidential customer with usage of less  
than 300 Mcf of natural gas per year or less than 30,000 kWh of electric usage per year,  
including schools and centrally metered apartment buildings.  
(j) "Termination of service" means a discontinuance of utility service that is requested  
by a customer or when there is no customer of record.  
(k) "Third party" means a person or entity that has no contractual relationship with the  
utility to perform services or act on behalf of the utility or customer.  
(l) "Unauthorized use of utility service" or “unauthorized use” means theft,  
fraud, interference, or diversion of service, including but not limited to, meter  
tampering which is any act that affects the proper registration of service through a meter;  
by-passing which is unmetered service that flows through a device connected between a  
service line and customer-owned facilities; and, service restoration by anyone other  
than the utility or its representative.  
(m) "Utility" means a firm, corporation, cooperative, association, or other legal entity  
that is subject to the jurisdiction of the commission and that provides electric or gas  
service.  
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History: 2017 AACS.  
R 460.103 Discrimination prohibited.  
Rule 3. A utility shall not discriminate against or penalize a customer for  
exercising any right granted by these rules.  
History: 2007 AACS.  
R 460.104 Conduct of proceedings.  
Rule 4. The informal procedures required by these rules shall not constitute a  
contested case as defined by section 3 of 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.203.  
History: 2007 AACS.  
R 460.105 Additional rules.  
Rule 5. A utility may adopt additional rules governing relations with its customers  
that are reasonable and necessary and that are consistent with these rules. The utility's  
rules shall be an integral part of its tariffs and shall be subject to approval by the  
commission. If there is a conflict between these rules and a utility's rules or tariffs,  
these rules govern.  
History: 2007 AACS.  
PART 2. APPLICATION FOR SERVICE  
R 460.106 Service requests  
Rule 6. (1) Applicants for service may become customers by requesting service in  
person at the utility company office, in writing, by telephone, fax, or internet, or other  
means of communication. Using any of these methods, an applicant shall do all of the  
following:  
(a) Provide positive identification information as defined in R 460.102a.  
(b) Upon request, show ownership or a lease for the property where service will be  
rendered if applying to be a nonresidential customer.  
(c) Pay a deposit, if required by these rules.  
(2) The utility may also require payment of a delinquent account as a condition of  
providing or continuing service if the following conditions apply:  
(a) The delinquent account is in the customer's or applicant's name.  
(b) The delinquent account is not in dispute, owed to the utility, and accrued within the  
last 6 years. The utility shall provide the applicant with information on the process to  
refute or contest the delinquent account.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
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R 460.107 Residential service account requirements.  
Rule 7. (1) A utility, applicant, or customer may request the addition of more than 1  
adult on the residential service account by meeting both of the following requirements:  
(a) The utility obtains documented approval from both the applicant and additional  
adult.  
(b) The additional adult provides positive identification information.  
(2) If the applicant is renting the premises for which residential service is  
requested, a utility may require proof that the applicant is a tenant. Written or oral  
confirmation by the manager, landlord, or owner of the property, or a verified signed  
copy of the rental agreement is sufficient proof. A utility may verify a lease by  
requesting a lease agreement containing notarized signatures of the landlord and tenant  
or by obtaining contact information for the landlord.  
(3) A utility may require proof of ownership if an applicant is requesting residential  
service for a premises he or she has purchased.  
(4) An occupant shall establish an account with a utility within 30 business days of  
taking occupancy or ownership, whichever comes first, except where residential service  
is included in a lease.  
(5) If a customer ceases to live in a residence while another occupant continues to live  
in the residence, both of the following requirements shall be met:  
(a) The customer shall notify the utility pursuant to R 460.127 that he or she is  
discontinuing service.  
(b) An occupant desiring to continue utility service at that address shall establish an  
account in his or her name within 30 days of the customer's notification of termination of  
service, or, if the customer fails to notify the utility, within 30 days of the date the  
customer ceases to reside at the address. A utility may hold an occupant who fails to  
establish an account under this subdivision responsible for the use of the utility service  
after the customer has ceased to reside at the residence. The utility shall not back bill the  
occupant for a period longer than 24 months from the date the customer terminated  
service, or, if the customer has failed to notify the utility of the termination of service,  
from the date that the utility first discovered the customer's change in residency.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
PART 3. DEPOSITS AND GUARANTEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS  
R 460.108 Prohibited practices.  
Rule 8. A utility shall not require a deposit or other guarantee as a condition of new or  
continued utility service based upon any of the following:  
(a) Consumer credit score, if the customer or applicant has prior utility service credit  
history with any electric or gas utility during the previous 6 years.  
(b) Income.  
(c) Home ownership.  
(d) Residence location.  
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(e) Race.  
(f) Color.  
(g) Creed.  
(h) Sex.  
(i) Age.  
(j) National origin.  
(k) Marital status.  
(l) Familial status.  
(m) Disability.  
(n) Any other criteria not authorized by these rules.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.109 Deposit for residential customer.  
Rule 9. (1) A utility may require a deposit as a condition of providing, restoring, or  
continuing residential service to an applicant or customer if any of the following  
provisions apply:  
(a) At the time of the request for service, the applicant or customer has an unpaid  
balance for electric or natural gas service that accrued within the last 6 years and that  
remains unpaid and is not in dispute.  
(b) The applicant or customer misrepresents his or her identity or credit standing.  
(c) The applicant or customer fails to provide positive identification information upon  
request at the time of applying for new service.  
(d) The applicant or customer requests service for a location at which he or she does not  
reside.  
(e) The applicant or customer engaged in unauthorized use of utility service within  
the last 6 years, if the finding of unauthorized use of utility service was made after  
notice and an opportunity for a hearing and is not in dispute.  
(f) The utility has had 1 or more checks issued from the customer's account returned  
from a financial institution for insufficient funds or no account or has had 1 or more  
payments from the customer's debit or credit card or other form of payment denied within  
the last 12 months, excluding financial institution error.  
(g) The customer or applicant has sought relief under federal bankruptcy laws within  
the last 6 years.  
(h) Within the past 3 years, the customer or applicant lived in a residence with a person  
under all of the following circumstances:  
(i) The person accrued a delinquent account for electric or natural gas service to the  
shared residence during the time the customer or applicant lived there.  
(ii) The delinquent account remains unpaid and is not in dispute.  
(iii) The person with the delinquent account now resides with the applicant.  
(2) Notwithstanding any of the provisions of subrule (1) of this rule, a utility shall not  
require a deposit as a condition of providing service or continuing service to a current  
residential customer if any of the following provisions apply:  
(a) The department of health and human services or its successor agency is currently  
making or has committed to making a payment or payments to the utility on behalf of the  
applicant.  
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(b) The applicant or customer secures a guarantor who is a customer in good standing  
with the utility.  
(c) The applicant is 65 years of age or older and has a satisfactory payment history for  
the past 3 years with any natural gas or electric utility.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.110 Rescinded.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.111 General deposit conditions for residential customers.  
Rule 11. (1) All of the following apply to payment of deposits for residential service:  
(a) For a primary residence, a deposit that is required under these rules due to a prior  
outstanding account that is not in dispute or a shutoff for nonpayment shall not be more  
than twice the average monthly bill for the premises or, if the current customer's  
consumption history for the premises is unavailable, twice the utility's system  
average monthly bill for residential service.  
(b) For seasonal properties, a deposit that is required under these rules due to a prior  
outstanding account that is not in dispute or a shutoff for nonpayment shall not be more  
than twice the average monthly bill for peak season usage.  
(c) A utility shall offer an eligible low-income customer the option of paying a deposit  
required under these rules in 2 monthly installments.  
(2) Whenever a utility requests a deposit because of an unpaid account for residential  
service incurred in another household member's name for a time when the customer and  
the other person shared a residence, as described in R 460.109(1)(h), the utility shall  
provide the customer with notice of the reason for the request, the commission rule that  
allows the utility to make the request, and the process for refuting the action.  
(3) A deposit that is required during the heating season due to a shutoff of service for  
nonpayment within the past 12 months, shall not exceed the utility system average  
monthly natural gas bill for natural gas residential service or the utility system average  
monthly electric bill for electric residential service. If the customer receives natural gas  
and electric residential service from a combination utility, the deposit shall not exceed the  
total of the utility's combined system average monthly natural gas and electric bills.  
(4) A deposit that is required as a condition of providing, restoring, or continuing  
residential service due to unauthorized use of utility service shall not be more than either  
of the following:  
(a) Four times the average peak season monthly bill for the premises if the customer's  
consumption history for the premises is available.  
(b) Four times the utility's system average peak season monthly bill for residential  
service if the customer's consumption history for the premises is unavailable.  
(5) The utility may also require payment of the delinquent account and approved  
charges as a condition of providing, restoring, or continuing residential service if the  
account is in the customer's, or applicant's name, is delinquent, owed to the utility,  
and accrued within the last 6 years.  
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(6) Unless the applicant misrepresents his or her identity or credit standing or fails  
to provide positive identification information, if requested, at the time of applying for  
residential service, the utility shall not assess a deposit if the customer has been receiving  
service for 30 days or more.  
(7) Except in the case of unauthorized use of utility service, if the utility shuts off  
residential service for nonpayment, the utility shall not require a deposit as a condition  
of restoring service unless the utility offered the customer, prior to shutoff for  
nonpayment, the opportunity to enter into a payment plan as provided in Part 10 of  
these rules, R 460.154 to R 460.159.  
(8) A utility shall pay interest at the rate of 5% per annum on all deposits. A utility shall  
credit interest semiannually to the residential service account of the customer or pay it  
upon the return of the deposit, whichever occurs first.  
(9) The customer's credit shall be established and the utility shall return the deposit  
and accrued interest upon satisfactory payment by the customer of all proper charges  
for residential service for a period of 12 consecutive months. A utility may retain the  
deposit assessed because of unauthorized use of utility service for a period of 36  
months and shall refund the deposit upon satisfactory payment of the final 12 months'  
charges.  
(10) For purposes of this rule, payment is satisfactory if it is made before the issuance  
of a notice of shutoff of service for nonpayment that is not in dispute or within 5 days  
after the issuance of the next succeeding monthly bill, whichever is sooner.  
(11) For customers terminating residential service, if the utility has not already returned  
the deposit, the utility shall credit the deposit, with accrued interest, to the final bill. For  
customers continuing to receive service, a utility may apply the deposit against an  
existing arrearage that is not in dispute. The utility shall promptly return the balance to  
the customer.  
(12) A utility shall maintain a detailed record of all deposits received for residential  
service. The record shall show all of the following information:  
(a) The name and address of the depositor and either the applicant or customer.  
(b) The location served by the utility at the time of making the deposit and each  
successive location while the deposit is retained.  
(c) The amount and date of the deposit.  
(d) The dates the utility paid interest and the amounts.  
(e) Each transaction concerning the deposit.  
(f) The terms and conditions governing the return of the deposit.  
(13) A utility shall provide the applicant or customer with a receipt for the deposit and  
instructions regarding how a person who is entitled to the return of his or her deposit may  
obtain the deposit.  
(14) A utility shall make reasonable efforts to locate applicants or customers with  
unclaimed deposits or credits.  
(15) A utility shall apply deposit standards uniformly to all applicants and customers. A  
utility shall provide to any person who objects to paying a deposit information on the  
process to contest the deposit requirement.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
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R 460.111a General deposit conditions for nonresidential customers.  
Rule 11a. (1) A utility may require a deposit from a customer or applicant as a  
condition of receiving or continuing nonresidential service if 1 of the following  
conditions applies:  
(a) The customer or applicant has an unfavorable credit rating with a credit reporting  
agency.  
(b) The customer or applicant has an unpaid delinquent bill for natural gas or electric  
service.  
(c) The customer or applicant has engaged in unauthorized use of utility service within  
the last 6 years.  
(d) Two or more shutoff notices have been issued within the most recent 12-month  
period.  
(e) Service has been discontinued for nonpayment.  
(f) An unsatisfactory record of bill payment within the first 6 months after service  
commenced exists.  
(2) If a deposit for nonresidential service is required, all of the following limitations  
apply:  
(a) A deposit for small nonresidential customers shall not be more than 15% of the  
customer's annual electric or natural gas bill.  
(b) Large nonresidential customers may be required to pay a deposit equal to 25% of  
the customer's annual electric or natural gas bill.  
(c) If a customer or applicant has engaged in unauthorized use of utility service, the  
deposit shall not be more than 4 times the average peak season monthly bill, or 4 times  
the utility's system average peak season monthly bill for the same class of service if the  
customer's consumption history for the service is unavailable.  
(3) During the heating season, a small nonresidential customer shall not pay a deposit  
unless that customer has been shut off for nonpayment during the prior 12 months. A  
customer deposit under this subrule may not exceed the customer's average monthly bill.  
(4) A utility may retain a deposit for nonresidential service until the customer accrues a  
record of 12 continuous months of bill payment on or before the due date.  
(5) A utility shall pay interest at the rate of 5% per annum on all deposits for  
nonresidential service. A utility shall credit interest semiannually to the customer's  
service account or pay it upon the return of the deposit, whichever occurs first.  
(6) If nonresidential service is terminated, the utility may apply the deposit, plus  
accrued interest, to the customer's unpaid balance. If the deposit plus the accrued interest  
is more than the unpaid balance, then the utility shall return the excess to the customer.  
(7) A utility shall maintain a detailed record of all deposits received for nonresidential  
service. The record shall show all of the following information:  
(a) The name and address of the depositor and applicant or customer.  
(b) The location served by the utility at the time of making the deposit and each  
successive location while the deposit is retained.  
(c) The amount and date of the deposit.  
(d) The dates the utility paid interest and the amounts.  
(e) Each transaction concerning the deposit.  
(f) The terms and conditions governing the return of the deposit.  
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(8) A utility shall provide the nonresidential customer or applicant with a receipt for  
the deposit and instructions regarding how a customer who is entitled to the return of the  
deposit may obtain it.  
(9) The utility shall make reasonable efforts to locate customers due unclaimed  
deposits and credits for nonresidential service.  
(10) Each utility shall, within 60 days of the effective date of this rule, transmit a  
notice explaining the conditions under which a deposit for nonresidential service may be  
required to all existing customers. This notice shall also be provided to new customers  
within 30 days after service has commenced or, at the utility's option, with the first bill  
rendered.  
(11) The utility may, at its option, accept an irrevocable financial institution letter of  
credit, a surety bond, or other corporate guarantee instead of a deposit for nonresidential  
service.  
History: 2017 AACS.  
R 460.112 Guarantee terms and conditions for residential customers.  
Rule 12. (1) A guarantee for residential service that is accepted in accordance with  
these rules shall be in writing and shall be in effect for not more than 36 months. The  
written guarantee shall state all of the terms of the guarantee and the maximum amount  
guaranteed. The utility shall not hold the guarantor liable for a greater amount, unless  
agreed to in a separate written guarantee.  
(2) Notwithstanding the stated term of the guarantee, if longer than 12 months, the  
customer's credit shall be established and the utility shall release the guarantor upon  
satisfactory payment by the customer of all proper charges for residential service for a  
period of 12 consecutive months, unless the guarantee was required due to unauthorized  
use of utility service.  
(3) A utility may require a guarantee for residential service because of unauthorized use  
of utility service for 36 months.  
(4) For purposes of this rule, payment is satisfactory if it is made before the  
issuance of a notice of shutoff of service for nonpayment that is not in dispute or within  
5 days after the issuance of the next succeeding monthly bill, whichever is sooner.  
(5) A utility may withhold the release of a guarantor pending the resolution of a  
shutoff for nonpayment that is in dispute in accordance with these rules.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
PART 4. METER READING PROCEDURES, METER ACCURACY,  
METER ERRORS AND METER RELOCATION  
R 460.113 Actual and estimated meter reading.  
Rule 13. (1) Except as specified in these rules, a utility shall provide all customers with  
an actual meter reading each billing month.  
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(2) A utility shall outline in its tariff a process that addresses missing or invalid usage  
data affecting the amount billed to a customer and that ensures the amount billed during  
the billing period is appropriate.  
(3) A utility may estimate a meter reading under any of the following circumstances:  
(a) An actual meter reading cannot be obtained by any reasonable or applicable method  
described in R 460.102.  
(b) An automated or remote meter reading device is not functioning and customer  
usage data cannot be retrieved.  
(c) A utility meter reader does not have access to the meter.  
(d) There is a condition at the meter location that puts the meter reader's safety at risk.  
(e) The utility bills the customer seasonally in accordance with its commission-  
approved tariffs.  
(4) If a utility estimates a meter reading pursuant to subrule (3)(c) or (3)(d) of this rule,  
the utility shall notify the customer of all of the following information:  
(i) The reason for the estimated reading.  
(ii) Safe access must be provided.  
(iii) A customer has the option of reading the meter and submitting the actual meter  
reading to the utility pursuant to these rules.  
(iv) A utility may install a remote meter, actual meter reading device, or other similar  
device that provides the utility with an actual meter reading.  
(5) If a meter reading equipment failure occurs, the utility shall make all reasonable  
efforts to replace or repair equipment so that not more than 2 estimated bills are issued.  
(6) A utility shall not use estimated meter reads to deny residential customers the  
benefit of a lower-tiered rate, if available.  
(7) If a utility cannot obtain an actual meter reading, then the utility shall maintain  
records of the efforts made to obtain such a reading and its reasons for failing to obtain it.  
(8) A utility may estimate customer bills only upon a finding by the commission that a  
utility's estimated bill procedures assure reasonable billing accuracy. A bill that is  
rendered on an estimated basis shall be clearly and conspicuously identified as such. A  
utility shall submit any substantive changes to its billing estimation procedures to the  
commission for approval.  
(9) An estimated bill that is generated because the actual meter reading is outside the  
range for the premises usage shall not be issued in consecutive months. If the utility is  
actively engaged in resolving the problem, an additional 30 days is permitted to correct  
the problem and obtain an actual meter reading.  
(10) If a utility shuts off service due to nonpayment, the utility shall complete a final  
reading, or, if unable to obtain an actual meter reading after reasonable attempts, the  
utility may estimate the bill.  
(11) If a utility estimates a customer's bill for 2 or more consecutive months and an  
actual meter reading is then obtained, the utility shall offer the residential and small  
nonresidential customer the opportunity to pay the bill over the same number of months  
as consecutively estimated bills. This subrule does not apply if the utility cannot obtain  
access to the meter and the customer fails to provide an actual meter reading if requested  
by the utility.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
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R 460.114 Customer meter reading.  
Rule 14. A utility shall provide residential and small nonresidential customers with the  
opportunity to read and report energy usage provided that the customer accurately reports  
energy usage on a regular basis. A utility shall provide postage-paid, pre-addressed  
postcards for this purpose upon request, or the utility may permit customers to report  
meter readings on a secure company website, by telephone, or other reasonable means. At  
least once every 12 months, a utility shall obtain an actual meter reading of energy usage  
to verify the accuracy of readings reported in this manner. Notwithstanding the  
provisions of this rule, a utility company representative may read meters on a regular  
basis.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.115 Meter accuracy and errors.  
Rule 15. (1) Meters with actual meter readings that are rejected by the utility billing  
system for 2 consecutive months because they are outside the expected range of the  
customer's usage for the premises shall be reviewed by a billing specialist, investigated,  
and, if necessary, the utility shall repair or replace the meter.  
(2) A utility shall calculate the period and amount of inaccuracy of electric meters  
pursuant to R 460.3616 and R 460.3309. A utility shall calculate the period and amount  
of inaccuracy of gas meters pursuant to R 460.2361 and R 460.2362.  
(3) If a utility finds that an electric or gas meter has an average meter accuracy less than  
98% or more than 102%, an adjustment for bills for the inaccuracy may be made in the  
case of under registration and shall be made in the case of over registration.  
(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other rule, except in the case of unauthorized  
use of utility service, back billing of customers or refunds to customers for meter errors is  
limited to the 12-month period immediately preceding discovery of the error. The  
customer shall be given a reasonable time in which to pay the amount of the back billing,  
after consideration of the amount of the back bill and the duration of the inaccuracy, and  
service shall not be shut off during this time for nonpayment of the amount of the back  
billing if the customer is complying with the repayment agreement.  
(5) If the amount due the utility is more than $5.00, the utility may bill the customer for  
the amount due. The utility shall offer the customer reasonable payment arrangements  
for the amount due. The bill for the undercharge shall not include interest.  
(6) If the amount of the refund due an existing or previous customer as the result of  
meter over registration is less than $5.00, a refund is not required to be made. Paid  
overcharges shall be credited to the existing customer or paid to a previous customer with  
5% interest, commencing on the 60th day following payment.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.116 Meter relocation.  
Rule 16. (1) A utility may assess a meter relocation charge in any of the following  
situations:  
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(a) The utility shut off service by disconnection at the street or pole because the utility  
could not obtain access to the meter or utility facilities.  
(b) The customer, its authorized agent, or another responsible adult refused to  
permit the utility access to the meter on 2 separate occasions, or on a single occasion if  
harm is threatened, and the utility can produce documentation of requests for access  
and/or requests for the customer to perform a meter reading that were refused.  
(c) The utility shut off service due to unauthorized use of utility service or the  
customer acknowledges personal responsibility and the utility bills the customer for  
unauthorized use of utility service.  
(d) The customer requests that the utility relocate the meter or other utility facilities.  
(2) If the utility moves the meter for reasons other than the reasons listed under  
subrule (1) of this rule, and the customer wants the meter placed in a different  
location than that selected by the utility, then the customer shall pay any additional  
costs.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
PART 5. BILLING AND PAYMENT STANDARDS  
R 460.117 Bill information.  
Rule 17. (1) Except for prepaid service, the utility shall bill each customer promptly  
after reading the meter. The bill shall state clearly all of the following information:  
(a) The beginning and ending actual meter readings and dates for the billing period.  
(b) The units of energy consumed during the billing period and the units of energy  
consumed during the comparable period the prior year. Upon customer request, the utility  
shall provide weather-adjusted consumption data to the customer or to a third party  
designated by the customer.  
(c) A designation of the rate.  
(d) The due date.  
(e) Any previous balance.  
(f) The amount due for energy usage.  
(g) The amount due for other authorized charges.  
(h) The amount of tax.  
(i) The total amount due.  
(j) The applicable rate schedules, the explanation of rate schedules, and the explanation  
of how to verify the accuracy of the bill will be provided by the company upon request.  
(k) That the customer should contact the company regarding an inquiry or complaint  
about the bill before the due date.  
(l) The address and telephone number of the utility at which the customer may initiate  
any inquiry or complaint regarding the bill or the service provided by the utility.  
(m) That the utility is regulated by the commission.  
(n) For nonresidential customers, the bills shall contain all of the following:  
(i) The date by which the customer must pay the bill to benefit from any discount or to  
avoid any penalty.  
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(ii) Any conversions from meter reading units to billing units, any calculations to  
determine billing units from recording or other devices, or any other factors, such as  
power supply cost recovery adjustments, used in determining the bill. A statement may  
appear on the bill advising the customer that the information can be obtained by  
contacting the utility. Any multiplier used to determine billing units shall be shown when  
used.  
(iii) If the billing period differs from the meter reading cycle and the reading data is  
calculated from actual metered data, then the actual meter reading shall be shown on the  
bill.  
(2) A commission-regulated utility proposing a new bill format shall submit its  
proposed bill format to the commission staff prior to introduction to its customers.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.118 Electronic billing requirements.  
Rule 18. Any utility wishing to issue billing statements electronically shall comply with  
all of the following requirements:  
(a) A customer shall not be required to use electronic billing.  
(b) No enrollment or usage fees shall be assessed to a customer who chooses to receive  
bills or customer information electronically.  
(c) The electronic billing statement shall include, at minimum, all information listed in  
R 460.117.  
(d) The company shall maintain a secure and encrypted site to be accessed by the  
customer after completing a secure registration process.  
(e) The utility may require that the customer use a password or security question to  
access the electronic billing system. The company shall not require the customer to use  
his or her social security number to enroll in or access the billing system.  
(f) Any fees to accept electronic payments shall be clearly displayed in the payment  
window.  
(g) Any payment made electronically shall be treated as a payment to the company  
business office.  
(h) Use of the electronic system shall not restrict the customer in using other  
payment methods. All other payment methods shall continue to be available to the  
customer.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.119 Separate bill; consolidation and balance transfers for residential and  
small nonresidential customers.  
Rule 19. (1) A utility shall transmit a separate bill pursuant to R 460.117 for service  
to residential and small nonresidential customers provided at each service location.  
(2) A utility may consolidate 2 or more active accounts with the documented  
authorization of the residential or small nonresidential customer.  
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subrule (1) of this rule, if there is a shutoff or  
termination of service at a separate metering point, residence, or other location  
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pursuant to these rules, then a utility may transfer an unpaid balance to any other account  
of the customer if either of the following requirements are met:  
(a) Unpaid balances from residential accounts are only transferred to another  
residential service account of that customer.  
(b) Unpaid balances from any nonresidential account are only transferred to another  
nonresidential account of that customer.  
(4) The utility shall have positive identification information that shows that the  
residential or small nonresidential customer is the same at both residences or locations  
and shall present that information to the customer upon request.  
(5) When a utility transfers an unpaid balance, the utility shall provide the residential  
or small nonresidential customer with a written notice of the balance transfer, the balance  
transfer address, the amount of the transfer, the commission rule that allows the transfer,  
and the process for refuting the action.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.120 Billing frequency; method of delivery.  
Rule 20. (1) A utility shall send a bill each billing month to its customers pursuant to  
the approved rate schedules unless the utility and the customer agree to another billing  
interval or the commission approves an alternative billing frequency method. A utility  
shall send a bill to customers by mail unless the utility and the customer agree to another  
method of delivery.  
(2) A utility that is authorized to bill customers seasonally or use a customer-read  
system shall send a bill pursuant to the tariffs approved by the commission.  
(3) A bill shall be mailed, transmitted, or delivered to the customer not less than 21  
days before the due date. Failure to receive a bill properly mailed, transmitted, or  
delivered by the utility does not extend the due date.  
(4) A customer may designate a third party to receive bills, shutoff notices, or other  
communications from the utility on the customer's behalf if the customer submits a  
document signed by the customer and the designated third party to the utility. The receipt  
of bills by a third party does not make that party responsible for the bills unless the third-  
party recipient is a guarantor under R 460.112.  
(5) Customers who use electronic billing and payment shall have the same rights and  
responsibilities as customers who use paper bills and payment by United States mail.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.121 Equal monthly billing.  
Rule 21. Upon a residential customer’s request, a utility shall bill a residential customer  
with a satisfactory payment history under an equal monthly billing program, if the  
commission finds that the billing program assures reasonable billing accuracy. If a  
residential customer has a credit balance of more than $10.00 at the end of the program  
year, upon the request of the customer, the utility shall either return the credit balance or  
credit it to the next month's bill. If the balance is less than $10.00, the utility shall credit  
the amount to the residential customer's account.  
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History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.122 Cycle billing.  
Rule 22. A utility may use cycle billing if a customer receives a bill on or about the  
same day of each billing month. If a utility changes meter reading routes or schedules by  
more than 7 days, it shall provide notice to affected customers at least 10 days before  
making the change.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.123 Payment of bill.  
Rule 23. (1) A utility shall permit each customer a period of not less than 21 days from  
the date the bill was sent to pay in full, unless the customer and the utility agree on a  
different due date. A utility shall not withdraw funds from a customer’s account before  
the due date in cases where a customer uses an automatic bill payment plan unless the  
customer agrees to a different period.  
(2) Except as otherwise provided in subrule (3) of this rule, a utility shall not attempt to  
recover from a customer any outstanding bills or other charges due upon the account of  
any other person, unless that customer has entered into a lawful guarantee under R  
460.112, or another lawful agreement to pay those bills and charges.  
(3) To avoid shut off of residential service pursuant to R 460.137(2)(b), when an  
occupant has lived with a residential customer within the last 3 years, currently resides  
with the customer, and the customer has a delinquent account that remains unpaid, is not  
in dispute, and accrued during shared residency, both are equally responsible for the  
unpaid bill. The utility shall advise the customer and occupant of the process by which  
the customer may refute this claim unless that customer has entered into a guarantee  
under R 460.112, or another agreement to pay those bills and charges.  
(4) The customer has the right to pay any delinquent account at any time prior to the  
shut off of service date to preserve uninterrupted service. After proper notice of shut off  
under R 460.139 and R 460.140 has been provided, it shall be the customer's  
responsibility to contact the utility and arrange payment before disconnection.  
(5) The utility may authorize an agent to accept payments on behalf of the utility. The  
authorized agent shall accept payment and provide payment verification, without request,  
that may be used by the customer to verify payment with the utility. The payment  
verification shall clearly state all of the following:  
(a) That the payment may not be credited to the customer's account for up to 2 business  
days.  
(b) Any charges or fees for use of the authorized agent services.  
(c) That to avoid shutoff, the customer must contact the utility with verification of  
payment made to an authorized agent.  
(6) The authorized agent shall remit payments to the utility every other business day, at  
a minimum, and the company shall credit those payments to customer accounts within 1  
business day of receiving them from the payment agent. Authorized agent locations  
shall be clearly marked as "Authorized Agent for [Company]." The utility shall provide  
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information on bills every 6 months that warns customers not to use unauthorized  
payment centers.  
(7) Except in situations of unauthorized use of utility service, a combination utility  
company, when requested, shall permit eligible low-income customers to do any of the  
following:  
(a) Designate how partial payments shall be applied to their account.  
(b) Choose to retain either the electric service or natural gas service if faced with a  
shutoff, provided that the customer allows the utility to have access to the non-chosen  
service for shutoff.  
(c) Protect the retained service from shut off during the heating season, provided that  
payments for current usage are made on the retained service and the customer is in good  
standing with the utility on any payment plan for which the customer qualifies.  
(8) Whenever an eligible low-income customer of a combination utility company  
receives a disconnect notice, the notice shall clearly show the customer has both of the  
following options:  
(a) An extended payment plan for both gas and electric service.  
(b) An extended payment plan to retain either gas or electric service as chosen by the  
customer.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.124 Payment period.  
Rule 24. (1) The date a bill is sent is the date the utility transmits the billing information  
to the customer. If the last day for payment falls on a day when the mail is not delivered,  
or other day when the utility offices that accept customer payments are not open to the  
general public, the payment date shall be extended through the next business day.  
Customer remittances postmarked on the due date shall be considered to have been  
timely paid. If the postmark is illegible, the date of mailing shall be designated as 2 days  
before receipt by the utility.  
(2) If a customer fails to make full payment by the due date, the utility may implement  
its collection practices, including the use of automated telephone calls which remind  
the customer or a third party that the bill is past due. Neither the utility nor its agents shall  
make more than 1 call per day to a specific customer or third party in which contact is  
made with the customer or third party.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.125 Late payment charges.  
Rule 25. (1) Except as otherwise provided by statute, a utility shall bill each residential  
customer for the amount of natural gas or electricity consumed and any other approved  
charges pursuant to the rates and tariffs approved by the commission.  
(2) A utility may assess residential customers a late payment charge that is not more  
than 2%, not compounded, of the portion of the bill, net of taxes, that is delinquent. A  
utility shall not assess a late-payment charge against a residential customer whose  
payments are made by the department of health and human services or who is  
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participating in a shutoff protection program described in Part 9 of these rules, R 460.145  
to R 460.153.  
(3) A utility may not charge residential customers a late payment fee for failure to pay  
an estimated bill by the due date unless the customer is subsequently delinquent on a bill  
using an actual meter reading. This rule shall not apply if the bill is estimated because  
the utility was unable to gain access to the meter, the utility's lack of access is  
documented, and the customer refused to provide an actual meter reading.  
(4) For nonresidential customers, unless the utility’s tariff states otherwise, a late  
payment charge of not more than 2%, not compounded, may be applied to the unpaid  
balance outstanding, net of taxes, if the bill is not paid in full on or before the date on  
which the bill is due.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.126 Billing for unregulated non-energy services.  
Rule 26. A utility may include charges for unregulated non-energy services, such as  
appliance repair or appliance protection programs, together with charges for natural gas  
and electric service on the same monthly bill if the charges for the unregulated non-  
energy services are designated clearly and separately from the charges for the natural  
gas or electric service and it is noted that it is an unregulated service. Failure to pay for  
unregulated non-energy service charges may result in the termination of that service but  
not the shut off of the natural gas or electric service. If partial payment is made, the utility  
shall first credit payment to the balance outstanding for natural gas or electric service  
pursuant to the provisions of R 460.123(7) and R 460.123(8) where applicable.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.126a Billing error.  
Rule 26a. (1) If a utility overcharges a customer due to a billing error, then the utility  
shall refund or credit the amount of the paid overcharge to the customer. Paid  
overcharges shall be credited to a customer with 5% APR interest, commencing on the  
sixtieth day following payment. A utility is not required to adjust, refund, or credit an  
overcharge plus 5% APR interest for more than the 3 years immediately preceding  
discovery of the billing error, unless the customer is able to establish an earlier date for  
commencement of the error.  
(2) Upon customer request, paid overcharges for billing errors greater than $10.00 shall  
be refunded within 30 days of the request.  
(3) If a utility undercharges a customer, in cases that do not involve unauthorized use of  
utility service, the utility may back bill the customer for the amount of the undercharge  
during the 12-month period immediately preceding discovery of the error, and the utility  
shall offer the customer reasonable payment arrangements for the amount of the back bill,  
which shall allow the customer to make installment payments over a period at least as  
long as the period of the undercharge. The utility shall take into account the customer’s  
financial circumstances when setting payment amounts.  
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History: 2017 AACS.  
R 460.126b Responsibility for unauthorized use of utility service.  
Rule 26b. (1) In cases that involve unauthorized use of utility service, the utility may  
back bill the customer for the service used. The back bill for service used may include  
5% interest.  
(2) The utility may charge fees for unauthorized use of utility service in accordance  
with commission-approved tariffs.  
(3) If a utility shuts off service for unauthorized use of utility service, the utility may  
bill a customer for all of the following:  
(a) The cost of investigating the unauthorized use.  
(b) The cost of relocating the meter.  
(c) The cost of any damages that have been caused to utility-owned equipment.  
History: 2017 AACS.  
PART 6. VOLUNTARY TERMINATION OF SERVICE  
R 460.127 Voluntary termination.  
Rule 27. (1) Subject to the provisions of these rules, a utility customer or authorized  
representative shall do all of the following:  
(a) Notify the utility in person, or by telephone, in writing, by fax or on the internet at  
least 10 business days prior to requested service termination.  
(b) Allow safe access to the utility, if necessary, to perform a final meter read.  
(c) Provide an address for final billing at the time of request for a final read.  
(d) Notify the utility if an existing occupant continues to occupy the premises.  
(2) The utility shall do both of the following:  
(a) Provide a final actual meter reading within 10 business days of the request for  
termination or estimate the final reading and offer the customer the option to provide an  
actual meter reading. If the meter is not read within the 10-day time frame the utility  
shall document the reason for no actual meter reading. An actual meter reading shall be  
obtained by the next normal actual meter reading cycle.  
(b) Schedule the customer's final reading within a 4-hour time frame if the utility  
cannot access the meter.  
(3) A property owner shall provide notice to the utility within 30 days after abandoning  
or surrendering a property to avoid liability for any unauthorized use of utility service as  
provided in MCL 460.9d(6).  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
PART 7. ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND SHUTOFF PROTECTION  
PROGRAMS FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS  
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R 460.128 Listing of energy assistance programs for residential customers.  
Rule 28. The commission shall annually provide a listing of all federal and state energy  
assistance programs and the eligibility requirements of each program to all utilities.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.129 Notice of energy assistance programs for residential customers.  
Rule 29. (1) A utility shall annually inform each residential customer of all of the  
following information:  
(a) The federal and state energy assistance programs that are available and the  
eligibility requirements of the programs, as provided to the utility by the commission.  
(b) The medical emergency provisions of R 460.130.  
(c) The critical care customer provisions of R 460.130a.  
(d) The shutoff protection programs described in R 460.131 and R 460.132.  
(e) The military shutoff protections of R 460.133.  
(2) The utility shall provide to residential customers the information required by  
subrule (1) of this rule. The information in subrule (1) of this rule may be explained on  
the customer's bill, provided as a bill insert, or provided by other means of transmittal.  
This information shall also be posted on the company's website. If the utility does not  
print an explanation on the customer's bill, then the utility shall, on the customer's bill,  
direct the customer to the bill insert or other transmittal.  
(3) If additional information regarding energy assistance programs becomes available  
after the utility's initial notice to residential customers, the commission shall provide that  
information to all utilities. Within 60 days of receiving the information, the utility shall  
provide the new eligibility requirements or benefits levels for energy assistance programs  
to all of its residential customers and the new benefit levels to all customers currently  
enrolled in the programs.  
(4) When a residential customer receives a past-due notice from the utility, the  
utility shall provide the customer access to information about energy assistance  
programs referenced in subrules (1) and (3) of this rule, which shall, at minimum,  
include a telephone number of a utility representative who is able to provide this  
information.  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.130 Medical emergency.  
Rule 30. (1) A utility shall restore service or postpone shut off of service for not more  
than 21 days if the customer or a member of the customer's household has a medical  
emergency. The customer shall provide the utility with a commission-approved medical  
certification form that identifies all of the following:  
(a) The medical condition.  
(b) Any medical equipment needed for the medical emergency.  
(c) The specific time period during which the shut off of service will aggravate the  
medical emergency.  
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(2) A utility shall not require payment of an after-hours reconnect fee or a deposit as a  
condition of restoring service for a 21-day medical emergency hold under this rule.  
(3) Upon request, a utility shall provide and make available on its website a  
commission-approved medical certification form for use in obtaining a medical  
emergency hold under this rule.  
(4) The utility shall provide the customer with a grace period of 3 business days during  
which the utility shall postpone the shutoff of utility service to allow the customer time to  
obtain a completed commission-approved medical certification form.  
(5) The utility shall extend the restoration or postponement for additional periods of not  
more than 21 days, not to exceed a total postponement of shut off of service of 63 days in  
any 12-month period per household member, only if the customer provides additional  
certification that the customer or a member of the customer's household has a medical  
emergency.  
(6) A utility shall not be required to grant shutoff extensions totaling more than 126  
days per household in any 12-month period.  
(7) Nothing in this rule relieves the customer of his or her obligation to pay for utility  
service.  
(8) Nothing in this rule shall prohibit a utility that observes an unsafe connection at a  
customer's location caused by unauthorized use of electric or natural gas service, from  
implementing measures to cure or address the unsafe connection pursuant to section  
9d(1) of 1939 PA 3, MCL 460.9d(1).  
History: 2007 AACS; 2017 AACS.  
R 460.130a Critical care customer shut off protection  
Rule 30a. (1) A utility shall restore or refrain from shutting off utility service to a  
critical care customer due to an inability to pay a utility bill where an interruption of  
service would be immediately life threatening.  
(2) On an annual basis, a critical care customer shall provide the utility with an updated  
commission-approved medical certification form certifying his or her continued status as  
a critical care customer. If the customer’s status as a critical care customer ends, a  
customer or occupant of the household shall notify the utility of the change in status.  
(3) A utility shall provide a critical care customer with a grace period of 3 business  
days during which it shall postpone the shutoff of utility service to the critical care  
customer to allow the customer time to obtain a completed commission-approved  
medical certification form.  
(4) Upon request, a utility shall provide and make available on its website a  
commission-approved medical certification form for use in obtaining a physician’s or  
medical facility’s certification demonstrating the customer’s status as a critical care  
customer. Upon receipt of the medical certification form, the utility shall notify the  
customer that it has received the form.  
(5) A utility shall maintain a special file on critical care customers and an appropriate  
identification of such customers for the purpose of ensuring that utility service is  
provided for as long as the customer remains a critical care customer and the customer’s  
inability to pay continues.  
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(6) When a utility has notice of a critical care customer for whom a planned service  
interruption would be immediately life threatening, the utility shall notify the customer of  
the planned service interruption and shall not shut off service using remote shutoff  
capability without first initiating person-to-person contact with the customer.  
(7) Nothing in this rule relieves the customer of his or her obligation to pay for utility  
service. A utility may require that the customer enter into a reasonable payment plan.  
(8) Nothing in this rule shall prohibit a utility that observes an unsafe connection at a  
customer's location caused by unauthorized use of electric or natural gas service, from  
implementing measures to cure or address the unsafe connection pursuant to section  
9d(1) of 1939 PA 3, MCL 460.9d(1).  
History: 2017 AACS.  
R 460.131 Winter protection plan for eligible low-income customers.  
Rule 31. (1) Except where unauthorized use of utility service has occurred, a  
utility shall not shut off service to an eligible low-income customer during the heating  
season for nonpayment of a delinquent account if the customer pays to the utility a  
monthly amount equal to 7% of the estimated annual bill for the eligible customer and  
the eligible customer demonstrates, within 14 days of requesting shutoff protection, that  
he or she has made application for state or federal heating assistance. If an arrearage  
exists at the time an eligible low-income customer applies for protection from shut off  
of service during the heating season, the utility shall permit the customer to pay the  
arrearage in equal monthly installments between the date of application and the start of  
the subsequent heating season.  
(2) A utility may shut off service to an eligible low-income customer who does not pay  
the monthly amounts referred to in subrule (1) of this rule after giving notice in the  
manner required by these rules.  
(3) If an eligible low-income customer fails to comply with the terms and conditions of  
this rule, a utility may shut off service after giving the customer notice, by personal  
service or first-class mail, which contains all of the following information:  
(a) The eligible low-income customer has defaulted on the winter protection plan.  
(b) The nature of the default.  
(c) That unless the customer makes the payments that are past due under this rule  
within 10 days of the date of mailing, the utility may shut off service.  
(d) The date on or after which the utility may shut off service, unless the customer takes  
appropriate action.  
(e) That the customer has the right to file a complaint disputing the claim of the utility  
before the date of the proposed shut off of service by calling the company.  
(f) That the customer has the right to request a hearing before a hearing officer if the  
complaint cannot be otherwise resolved and that the customer must pay to the utility that  
portion of the bill that is not in dispute within 7 business days of the date that the  
customer requests a hearing.  
(g) That the customer has the right to represent himself or herself, be represented by  
counsel, or be assisted by other persons of his or her choice in the complaint process.  
(h) That the utility will not shut off service pending the resolution of a complaint that is  
filed with the utility or the commission pursuant to these rules.  
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(i) The telephone number and address of the utility where the customer may make  
inquiry, enter into a payment plan or settlement agreement, or file a complaint.  
(j) That the customer should contact a social services agency immediately if the  
customer believes he or she might be eligible for emergency economic assistance.  
(k) That the utility will postpone shut off of service if a medical emergency exists at the  
customer's residence and the customer provides the documentation as specified in R  
460.147.  
(l) That the utility may require a deposit and restoration charge if the utility shuts off  
service for nonpayment of winter protection monthly amounts.  
(m) That the utility will not shut off service if the customer or the spouse of the  
customer is on active military duty.  
(4) At the conclusion of the heating season, the utility shall reconcile the accounts of  
eligible low-income customers and permit customers to pay any amounts owing in equal  
monthly installments between April 1 and October 31. A utility may shut off service to  
eligible customers who fail to make installment payments on a timely basis in the manner  
required by these rules.  
(5) Except where unauthorized use of utility service has occurred at a customer's  
premises within the past 2 years and the bill remains unpaid, during the heating season a  
utility shall not require an eligible low-income customer, whose utility service has  
been shut off, to pay a fee for restoring service or a security deposit pursuant to R  
460.109 or R 460.111, before applying for protection under this rule.  
(6) Except where unauthorized use of utility service has occurred within the past 2  
years at the premises where the customer has resided and the bill remains unpaid or  
safety is a concern, a utility may not require an