These rules apply to electric utility service provided by utilities that are subject to the jurisdiction
of the Public Service Commission. The rules are intended to promote safe and adequate electric
service to the public, to provide standards for uniform and reasonable electric practices by utilities,
and to encourage efficiency and safety. The word “electric” is being inserted in front of “utility”
and the word “cooperative” is being added after “utility” in every rule that is being amended to
clarify that these rules apply to electric utilities and cooperatives, only, and not alternative electric
suppliers. Several new definitions are being added to R 460.3102 to assist with clarification. R
460.3308 is being updated to reflect the most up-to-date version of the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for electricity meters, and the prices for copies of the ANSI
standards need to be updated to reflect current prices. R 460.3309 is being stricken so that it may
be moved to the Public Service Commission’s “Consumer Standards and Billing Practices for
Electrical and Gas Residential Service” rules. R 460.3411 is being updated to allow the utilities
and new customers a meeting, which provides a better opportunity to discuss new service options.
R 460.3505 is being updated to create a more detailed program for customer notification regarding
tree-trimming activities. R 460.3506 is being added to ensure that utilities are employing
sufficient and effective cybersecurity programs. R 460.3613 is being amended to update and
clarify meter testing requirements. R 460.3613a is being added to provide a separate rule for
electro-mechanical meter testing requirements. The documentation and reporting requirements in
R 460.3203, 460.3615, and 460.3617 are being updated. And, language in several rules is being
stricken because it refers to obsolete technology. The proposed changes to these rules are
supported by the Public Service Commission and by regulated industry.
8. Please cite the specific promulgation authority for the rules (i.e. department director,
commission, board, etc.).
MCL 460.557, 460.55, 460.4, and 460.6. The aforementioned statutes provide the Public Service
Commission with general authority to promulgate rules for the conduct of its business and the
proper discharge of its functions.
A. Please list all applicable statutory references (MCLs, Executive Orders, etc.).
MCL 460.557, MCL 460.55, MCL 460.4, MCL 460.6, MCL 460.562(e), MCL 460.32(c), and
B. Are the rules mandated by any applicable constitutional or statutory provision? If so, please
There is no constitutional or statutory mandate for the rules.
9. Please describe the extent to which the rules conflict with or duplicate similar rules,
compliance requirements, or other standards adopted at the state, regional, or federal level.
The Public Service Commission is not aware of any conflict with or duplication of state and
10. Is the subject matter of the rules currently contained in any guideline, handbook, manual,
instructional bulletin, form with instructions, or operational memoranda?
No, however the rules adopt by reference certain national engineering and technical standards.
11. Are the rules listed on the department’s annual regulatory plan as rules to be processed
for the current year?
Yes, the Technical Standards for Electric Service are on LARA’s annual regulatory plan as a rule
to be processed this year.
12. Will the proposed rules be promulgated under Section 44 of the Administrative Procedures
Act, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.244, or under the full rulemaking process?