If you are one of Consumer Energy’s 1.9 million customers in Michigan’s lower peninsula, you may or may not notice a slight increase on your electric bill, which goes into effect January 1st, 2022. The increase will be about 59 cents per month for the average residential electric customer.
Consumers Energy originally requested an increase totaling nearly $198 million per year, but the Attorney General’s office argued for an 88% decrease in the proposed rate hike. The Michigan Public Service Commission ultimately approved an annual increase of just over $21.1 million instead. The rate increase will fund efforts by the company to improve its reliability, a key priority for the MPSC as increasingly severe storms cause Michigan utility customers to experience significant outages.