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Michigan Public Service Commission approves Consumers Energy Co. request, higher energy bills for Michiganders

Michigan – Consumers Energy Co. customers will have to pay more each month for their electricity because the Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved a rate increase of more than $92 million. The move is a big change from the initial $216 million increase the utility asked for, which was later lowered to $170.8 million, showing a 57.4% drop from the original request.

Consumers Energy Co. users to see slight increase in their monthly bills

This rate change means that the average home customer who uses 500 kilowatt hours per month will see their monthly bill go up by $1.53, or 1.61%. This choice is part of the utility’s bigger plan to pay for investments in infrastructure for generation and distribution, safety and legal compliance, utilize more advanced technology, and deal with rising costs for operations, upkeep, and financing.

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Consumers Energy Co. wants to use the extra money for improving the overall service

Consumers Energy sees this rate hike as an important part of its Reliability Roadmap, which aims to make sure that Michigan residents have fewer and shorter power blackouts. A representative for the company said that this money will be spent to add technology, bury power lines, and cut down trees which are all important steps toward making service more reliable. The spokesperson acknowledged that these changes would have an effect on customers’ bills, but reiterated that the company was working to lessen these effects by cutting costs and pushing programs that would help customers save money.

In their first request, the utility suggested a return on common equity of 10.25%, a rate of return on the total rate base of 6.11%, and a common equity ratio of 51.50%. But the accepted order sets the rate of return for common stock at 9.9% and the overall rate of return at 5.85%, based on a rate base of $13,669,075,000. This change shows that the commission is trying to find a balance between the utility’s financial needs and the needs of Michigan’s power customers.

Consumers Energy Co. clients to pay more for electricity after Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved a rate increase request

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With this rate rise, Consumers Energy takes a big step toward its goal of creating a “smarter and stronger power grid” for Michigan. The utility’s promise to improve reliability while keeping costs low will be very important as it tries to give its customers energy that is both sustainable and reasonable.