DoD Tests Energy Continuity with ‘Islanded’ Microgrid

DoD Tests Energy Continuity with ‘Islanded’ Microgrid

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on April 4 that it planned to conduct a microgrid demonstration under the auspices of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta, Michigan, often used by the National Guard.

Consumers Energy Customers to Save $172M Through Early Termination of Palisades PPA

Entergy and Consumers Energy announced on December 8 that they have agreed to an early termination in 2018 of their power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Palisades Power Plant – reducing the costs to Consumers’ customers by as much as $172 million over four years.

Shuttering of Seven Michigan Coal Plants to Save Ratepayers $38M

Consumers Energy’s 1.8 million electricity customers across the state of Michigan will see their rates drop by $38 million as a result of the utility’s shutdown on April 15 of its Classic Seven oldest coal-fired generating plants. According to the company, which is a subsidiary … Read more…

Dicastal in Line for Big Incentives from Consumers Energy

Dicastal in Line for Big Incentives from Consumers Energy

Dicastal North America, an aluminum wheel manufacturer that is a division of Chinese manufacturer Dicastal, could receive as much as $170,000 in incentives from Consumers Energy for energy efficiency programs at its plant in Greenville, MI, according to the press release, which was posted at … Read more…

MPSC Investigates Estimated Billing by Consumers Energy

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) opened an investigation (Case No. U-18002) at its January 19 meeting into Consumers Energy’s estimated billing practices, after fielding more than 277 consumer complaints about price gouging on estimated bills during 2015, alone. In doing so, the commission directed … Read more…

MPSC Spurns Consumers Energy on Investment Recovery Mechanism, Cuts Rate Hike by 36.4%

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) authorized (Case No. U-17735) Consumers Energy on November 19 to increase its electric rates by $130 million annually, effective December 1. As a result, residential customers using 500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a month will see an increase of $1.28 … Read more…

EnerNOC Aids Large Business Customers of Consumers Energy

EnerNOC Aids Large Business Customers of Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, plans to leverage EnerNOC software to help more of its business customers achieve their energy management goals. Consumers Energy first rolled out EIS from Pulse Energy (now owned by EnerNOC) to deliver customized energy savings to its small and medium-sized … Read more…

DTE, Consumers Energy to Offer Time of Use Rates

Large commercial and industrial utility customers are likely to see some rate relief soon, as the Michigan Public Service Commission rolls out time-of-use (TOU) pricing for DTE Electric and Consumers Energy. Already implemented in Arizona – and scheduled to begin in California by 2019 – TOU … Read more…

Michigan to See Power Capacity Shortfall

DTE Energy’s CEO Gerard Anderson expressed concerns last week about a shortfall in Michigan’s power generation capacity during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. While discussing the implications of the EPA Clean Power Plan, Anderson stated that his company and Consumers Energy, the state’s two … Read more…

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