The Michigan Renewable Energy Certification System (MIRECS) was established by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) under authority conferred by 2008 PA 295 on October 30, 2009 and serves to collect, issue and track Credits from facilities eligible under Michigan’s Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act, 2008 PA295, 2016 PA342, MCL 460.1001 et seq. The MIRECS assists Michigan Utility Service Providers in demonstrating Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) compliance, and the MPSC uses the system to verify compliance submissions. The MIRECS is an important tool to keep track of all relevant information about renewable energy, energy waste reduction, and participating thermal energy produced and delivered in the State of Michigan. Currently, there are over 126 Accounts and 308 Projects registered in the MIRECS. As of January 2017, more than 10 million Credits were issued in the MIRECS.
The MIRECS is administered by APX, Inc., pursuant to a contract with the State of Michigan, Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth. MIRECS enables retirement and trading of Michigan Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), and Michigan Incentive Renewable Energy Credits (IRECs), and beginning in November 2018, Energy Waste Reduction Credits (EWRCs) and Thermal Energy converted into RECs under the State’s Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act. By creating a reliable process to evidence verification, issuance and retirement of Credits, MIRECS brings increased levels of integrity and trust to purchasers, sellers and regulators in the market.
The MIRECS has integrated with the North American Renewables Registry™ to provide for import and exports across renewable energy markets. This provides for an integrated marketplace across the larger region. MIRECS uses verifiable generation data for all participating generators and creates Credits in the form of a tradable digital certificate for each MWh generated or saved. In order for Credits to be imported into MIRECS from an out of state facility, the facility must qualify according to the criteria in Section 29 from PA 295. If you have questions on whether your Credits come from an eligible out of state facility, then you can contact the MPSC Staff at TrachselK@michigan.gov for verification.
The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc.(Midwest ISO) provides generation data to the Michigan Renewable Energy Certification System.