WLNS: Rigged — Picking Your Electric Company

(WLNS) – Electric choice: it’s a hot topic following the power outages caused by December’s ice storm and one that’s even getting attention from lawmakers.

Currently, only 10 percent of Michiganders get to choose where they get their electricity. The other 90 percent must follow the state’s power grid.

Big businesses on the energy choice plan say they save tens of thousands of dollars each year by getting energy from out-of-state providers. Nearly 12,000 businesses that aren’t on the plan are waiting in line for electric choice.


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Crain’s Detroit Business: Electric choice customer waiting list grows in Michigan

A state report released Friday shows that the number of customers waiting to change utility companies in Michigan has increased 81 percent from 2011 to 2013, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission.

From 2012 to 2013 the pace slowed, but Consumers Energy Co. had a 4 percent increase in customers waiting to select a new utility and DTE Energy Co. had a 15 percent increase last year, said the PSC’s annual report on customer choice.

If the 10 percent statutory cap on customers allowed to switch utilities didn’t exist, the PSC said 25 percent of customers would choose to leave Consumers and 22 percent leave DTE for one of the state’s 27 alternative electric suppliers, the report said.


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Mike Shirkey column: Sensible electric competition is a very good idea for Michigan

Michigan is now leading the nation in many important economic categories. Though we have made significant progress there is still a lot of work to do in order for our recovery to be sustainable and for it to touch every citizen in Michigan.

One area where Michigan continues to lag is in electric energy costs. Michigan’s electric costs have increased more than 10 times the national rate since 2008 resulting in electric costs to businesses and residents much higher than national or regional averages.

The argument that sensible electric competition is wrong for Michigan, as a recent Consumers Energy column claimed, is full of unwarranted fears and misleading assertions.


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