Thanks To Falling Wind Power Costs, Consumers Energy Eliminates Surcharge


Citing the decreasing cost of wind power, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved Consumers Energy's request to eliminate a renewable energy surcharge for the utility's customers.

‘The elimination of the renewable energy surcharge reflects the falling cost of wind-generated energy,’ says MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. ‘Technology improvements make wind energy more efficient, reducing its cost and benefiting customers.’

On May 28, 2013, Consumers Energy filed an application requesting the review and approval of an amended renewable energy plan, most of which the MPSC has now approved. Thanks to the commission's ruling, the utility will stop charging residential electric customers the $0.52/month renewable energy surcharge beginning with the July billing month.

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