We hope that this document provides readers with a better understanding of how Michigan’s electricity system works, that it gives readers a clear idea of how electricity is generated, transmitted, and used in our state. With this understanding, we hope to help Michigan residents become better consumers, customers, and more informed voters.
We want to remind our readers that we must understand the importance of electricity to our modern lifestyle. It’s easy to forget how much we rely on electricity; how it is now an essential part of our lives. We have become so accustomed to it that we take it for granted. But, reliable and affordable electricity is essential for our lives and well-being. It helps us to live comfortable and healthy lives.
As we described in the opening section of this report, knowing how Michigan’s electricity system operates is the first step in fully appreciating the benefits we derive from it and the first step in helping make it even better.