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Changes for Consumers Energy electric customers from latest rate case

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Consumers Energy has settled its latest electric rate case for an increase of $155 million for residential customers. The utility had sought $293.5 million.

A typical residential customer will pay an extra $2.10 per month, the state public service commission said. They'll also get a credit of about $0.21 per month for 12 months to help offset the burden of last year's inflation.

The utility said it will also spend an additional $10 million to help its most economically distressed customers. Consumers Energy said it's "putting dollars directly in the hands" of its customers — especially those who need help the most.

Other elements of the settlement agreement say that Consumers will:

  • Double the number of Consumers customers who can tap its rooftop solar program;
  • Implement an on-bill installment payment plan to pay for installing EV charges and related electric upgrades;
  • Develop a program to focus tree trimming on areas that have the highest concentration of outages;
  • Propose a pilot program to move propane customers to electric space heating and water heating, with a goal of including 2,000 homes over three years.

Consumers Energy is one of Michigan Radio's corporate sponsors.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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