Utilities back with another big rate hike, and the Attorney General noticed

Michigan’s monopoly utilities continue to hike rates on electricity customers, and policymakers in Lansing are beginning to take greater notice.

 

The latest rate hike request became public on a quiet July 3rd afternoon, as the majority of Michiganders had already left work, focused on the upcoming holiday. DTE filed a summary of their rate hike request, seeking to increase customer rates by $351 million.

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Matt Resch
Welcome to the Alliance for Michigan Energy Consumers

We are excited to announce the creation of a new organization – the Alliance for Michigan Energy Consumers (AMEC) – built to stand up for everyday ratepayers, providing members of the media, legislators, and policymakers with the facts they need to make the best choices, and the voices they need to hear to put Michigan ratepayers first. 

You can even follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Make sure to “LIKE” us at www.facebook.com/MIEnergyConsumers/ and follow us @MIENConsumers.

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Nick De Leeuw
Company delays planned closure of Mich. nuclear plant

The Detroit News

Covert Township — The planned closure of the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan will be delayed by four years until spring of 2022, an energy company said Thursday.

The announcement from New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. came after the Michigan Public Service Commission said last week that Consumers Energy could opt out of buying power from the plant but couldn’t recover all of the $172 million requested as part of the deal.

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David Pridnia
State regulators OK controversial power rule

Requirement will be phased in under new state energy law

Crains Business Monthly

  • New rule would require alternative energy suppliers to generate or buy power produced in the state.
  • Rule would phase in over four years.
  • A prominent legislator says the ruling goes against the spirit of last year's energy law.

LANSING — Companies that sell electricity in Michigan's power-choice market will have to generate electricity at their own power plants or buy power produced in the state by 2022, state energy regulators said Friday.

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David Pridnia
Coalition of businesses and educators is fighting pending utility regulation

Michigan Radio

The Michigan Public Service Commission is considering a rule that opponents say would dramatically raise electricity rates for schools, universities and businesses, as well as potentially eliminate competition for Michigan’s two major utilities.

The rule would require electricity providers that compete with DTE Energy and Consumers Energy to supply their customers with energy generated within Michigan — instead of from a larger market.

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David Pridnia
Regulators Approve Consumers Energy Electric Rate Increase

Michigan regulators have authorized Consumers Energy to raise its electricity rates effective next week.

U.S. News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators have authorized Consumers Energy to raise its electricity rates effective next week.

The rates approved Tuesday are less than what the utility "self-implemented" in September, so customers will see a refund plus interest. But the rates are 2.8 percent, or $113 million, more than those set in Consumers Energy's last rate case in November 2015.

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David Pridnia