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.

The utility had sought a rate increase of $225 million and had self-implemented a $170 million hike.

Thousands still waiting for power in Michigan

Dec 27, 2016

Thousands of Michigan residents still are lacking power after strong winds swept the state. 

Consumers Energy says 8,600 customers had no electricity Tuesday morning, down from a peak of 22,000 at one point Monday. At different times, 40,000 customers were in the dark.

The outages remain scattered, with Iosco County with the most, followed by Midland and Ogemaw counties.

DTE Energy says 8,700 customers lacked power around 8 a.m., from the Thumb region to the west side of the Detroit metro area.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a rewrite of state energy laws intended to boost the required use of renewable power sources and keep intact some competition in the electricity market.

The Republican governor signed the legislation Wednesday that was approved last week by the Michigan Legislature with bipartisan votes.

The measures long have been among Snyder's priorities at a time when many coal-fired power plants are closing.

The House GOP had been at an impasse on an energy overhaul.


An influential business group's decision to support energy legislation is being called a "breakthrough" in an attempt to update Michigan's energy laws.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce said Monday new versions of the bills would guarantee a competitive bidding process for electricity generation and preserve competition.

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Officials in the southern Michigan town of Marshall are debating whether to upgrade or remove a 124-year-old hydroelectric dam on the Kalamazoo River.

The city owns and operates the dam, which generates less than 1 percent of its electric power.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has determined that the structure needs significant improvements to remain safe.

Officials are inviting engineering firms to submit recommendations and work plans.

City Manager Tom Tarkiewicz says the city council will explore all its options.

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Electricity rates are going up for Upper Peninsula residents who already pay the highest rates in Michigan.

Regulators on Thursday approved an annual rate increase of $4.6 million for Upper Peninsula Power.

It means a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours a month will pay $7.63 more per month, an increase of 6.8 percent.

Before the rate increase, Upper Peninsula Power customers were paying about 67 percent more than the Michigan average.

Regulators OK increased electric rates at Consumers Energy

Nov 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The average residential customer of Consumers Energy will pay $1.28 a month more for electricity under a new rate increase. The Michigan Public Service Commission Thursday authorized Consumers to raise power rates by $130 million annually, effective Dec. 1, less than $199 million the utility sought. Average customers will pay $1.28 more, until the utility buys a natural gas-fired plant in Jackson.