Michigan's current electrical system will be overloaded in as little as three years and an additional power plant will be required by 2014. This is based on a report by the Capacity Needs Forum using information they collected for over a year. This means an investment is needed in new power plants as well as improvements to existing power plants. New plants and improvements will be costly and who might the costs be passed on to? The customers, of course.
Public Interest Research Group in Michigan (PIRGIM) disputes the findings of the report and suggests that through energy conservation policies Michigan can avoid building new power plants. See what PIRGIM says about Michigan's energy crisis.