Utilities back with another big rate hike, and the Attorney General noticed
Remembering Phil O'Connor
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.
Public Service Commission notes big savings through electric choice
Phil was a kind man with a great sense of humor. It was our honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to work with him.
MIRS News: Reilly File Elections Complaint Against 'Faithful Conservatives' Group
When the Michigan Public Service Commission released its 2018 Status of Electric Competition in Michigan report this month, state regulators noted the dramatic price differences paid by customers who live in states that enjoy the benefits of competition compared to customers who live in states where utility monopolies exist.
MIRS News: COA: MPSC Lacks Authority To Impose Local Clearing Requirements
Rep. John REILLY (R-Oakland Twp.) is asking the Bureau of Elections to investigate "Faithful Conservatives for Michigan," saying the group is a front for Consumers Energy to run attack ads against Rep. Gary GLENN (R-Williams Twp.) in his bid the State Senate while promoting one of his primary opponents, Kevin DALEY.
Report: Consumers Energy Front Group Attacking Ratepayer Advocates Tom Barrett, Gary Glenn
The Michigan Court of Appeals (COA) delivered what some call a “significant win” to Michigan customers who enrolled in the state's retail choice - electric competition - market before it artificially capped at 10 percent.
Welcome to the Alliance for Michigan Energy Consumers
According to a report from the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network, front groups linked to Consumers Energy have begun spending so-called “dark money” to defeat Representative Tom Barrett and Representative Gary Glenn this fall.
Company delays planned closure of Mich. nuclear plant
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.
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State regulators OK controversial power rule
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.
Coalition of businesses and educators is fighting pending utility regulation
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.
Regulators Approve Consumers Energy Electric Rate Increase
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.
Michigan regulators have authorized Consumers Energy to raise its electricity rates effective next week.
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.