michigan public service commission http://michiganradio.org en Michigan officials processing home heating credits http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-processing-home-heating-credits <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials say they are processing credits to help low-income customers with their winter energy bills.<br /><br />The Michigan Public Service Commission said this week that state treasury officials have mailed instruction booklets and forms pertaining to the Michigan Home Heating Credits for the 2013 tax year.<br /><br />The materials also are available online and at many libraries, post offices and Department of Human Services' branch offices.<br /><br />The average credit for last year was $124.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:59:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16274 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials processing home heating credits Lansing's mayor orders review of BWL's handling of last month's major power outage http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-orders-review-bwls-handling-last-months-major-power-outage <p>Lansing’s mayor wants an independent review of how the city’s utility handled a major power outage last month.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.lbwl.com/About-the-BWL/News/BWL-Announces-Operational-and-Customer-Service-Actions-in-Response-to-Ice-Storm-Outage/">The Lansing Board of Water and Light</a> has been criticized for the long wait many of its customers had before their electricity was restored after the Dec. 22 ice storm. About 40% of BWL’s customers lost power after the storm. Many had to wait for more than a week to have their lights turned back on.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 03:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15946 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor orders review of BWL's handling of last month's major power outage State regulators will investigate how Consumers Energy, DTE responded to major December power outage http://michiganradio.org/post/state-regulators-will-investigate-how-consumers-energy-dte-responded-major-december-power <p>State regulators are going to spend the next few months assessing how well Consumers Energy and DTE responded to a massive power outage after an ice storm last month.</p><p></p><p>It’s estimated 626,000 DTE and Consumers Energy customers lost power after the Dec.&nbsp;22 ice storm.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It was New Year’s Eve by the time the utilities restored power to most of its customers.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:08:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 15941 at http://michiganradio.org State regulators will investigate how Consumers Energy, DTE responded to major December power outage Some Michigan residents saw lower heating bills this winter http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-residents-saw-lower-heating-bills-winter <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some Michigan residents saw lower heating bills this winter because of reduced natural gas prices and milder temperatures.<br><br>The Michigan Public Service Commission announced Friday that households that use natural gas for heating received lower heating bills. Nearly 80 percent of all Michigan households use natural gas to heat their homes.<br><br>The state says that temperatures were 4 percent warmer than normal between November and March, contributing to the lower bills. Natural gas storage levels were also higher than average, causing the prices to go down. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 15:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12032 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan residents saw lower heating bills this winter Report: Renewable energy heating up in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-renewable-energy-heating-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A new report finds that most of Michigan's electricity providers are on pace to generate 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015.<br><br>The Michigan Public Service Commission's annual renewable energy report released Friday finds the use of wind, the sun and other renewables was expected to have reached 4.7 percent last year. The estimate was 4.4 percent in 2011 - up from 3.6 percent the previous year.<br> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 16:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11270 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Renewable energy heating up in Michigan Michigan holding forums about future of energy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-holding-forums-about-future-energy <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Energy Office officials plan to hold the first of seven forums this week on the state's energy future.<br><br>Among those scheduled to speak Thursday in Lansing include representatives of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Environmental Council and Citizens Against Rate Excess.<br><br>The four-hour public forum called "Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions" starts at 1 p.m. at the Library of Michigan.<br> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11169 at http://michiganradio.org Harsens Island could lose ferry service http://michiganradio.org/post/harsens-island-could-lose-ferry-service <p>Harsens Island is known as a laid-back retirement-and-vacation community in Lake St. Clair. About 1200 people live there year-round, and that number grows to 5,000 during the summer months.</p><p>In order to visit the island you can take your own boat or you can take Champion’s Auto Ferry. But people who live there may not be able to take the ferry in the near future because the company’s owner wants to retire, and since the ferry service is a private business, it’s not clear whose responsible when it comes to maintaining service.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:39:45 +0000 Kyle Norris 8699 at http://michiganradio.org Harsens Island could lose ferry service Report: Michiganders will use less gasoline and electricity this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michiganders-will-use-less-gasoline-and-electricity-summer <p>Michiganders will use less gasoline and electricity this summer, that&#39;s according to the Michigan Public Service Commission.</p><p>The state utility regulatory agency issued its annual <a href="http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/reports/energy/12summer/index.htm">Summer Energy Appraisal</a> today.</p><p>Judy Palnau is the agency&rsquo;s spokeswoman. She says there are a couple reasons why the public service commission expects gasoline sales will decline about 2 percent this summer in Michigan.</p><p>&ldquo;Part of that is a economy. But part of that is we are also driving more energy efficient vehicles,&rdquo; says Palnau.&nbsp;</p><p>Palnau says the economy is also a reason why they expect electricity use will dip slightly this summer.</p><p>&ldquo;Our sluggish economy is still a factor in decreasing use of electricity,&rdquo; says Palnau, though the MPSC expects residential electric use will increase.&nbsp;</p><p>The MPSC study also predicts natural gas sales will decline nearly 5 percent this summer. A mild winter drove down demand among both business and residential natural gas customers. Tue, 22 May 2012 17:23:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 7566 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michiganders will use less gasoline and electricity this summer Mild winter = Lower home heating bills http://michiganradio.org/post/mild-winter-lower-home-heating-bills <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">LANSING, Mich. (AP) &mdash; Warmer weather wasn&#39;t the only factor lowering heating bills in Michigan this winter, but it sure helped.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The Michigan Public Service Commission notes that lower natural gas prices also contributed to lower heating bills in the state. Roughly 80 percent of Michigan households use natural gas for home heating</span></p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 15:15:39 +0000 The Associated Press 6946 at http://michiganradio.org Consumers Energy loses round in court over refund http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-loses-round-court-over-refund <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected an effort by Jackson-based&nbsp;<a href="http://www.consumersenergy.com/">Consumers Energy</a> to reverse a state order that it repay $85 million&nbsp;to its customers.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Consumers Energy&rsquo;s customers are not getting any new money&nbsp;back from the utility.&nbsp;&nbsp; Consumers already repaid the&nbsp;$85 Million&nbsp;a year ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But&nbsp;the&nbsp;legal fight over&nbsp;the state&rsquo;s order has continued since then.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:48:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 5943 at http://michiganradio.org Consumers Energy loses round in court over refund Heating assistance for low-income Michiganders might be in trouble http://michiganradio.org/post/heating-assistance-low-income-michiganders-might-be-trouble <p>Thousands of Michiganders could lose access to tens of millions of dollars in home heating assistance this winter. Last month, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that <a href="http://www.consumersenergy.com/">Consumers Energy</a> no longer has to collect money from its natural gas customers for<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,1607,7-159-52493-79463--,00.html"> a low-income energy assistance program.</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:03:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 3732 at http://michiganradio.org Heating assistance for low-income Michiganders might be in trouble Consumers Energy seeking rate hike http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-seeking-rate-hike <p>Consumers Energy customers may see their monthly electric bills increase by the end of the year.&nbsp; The Jackson-based utility wants to increase the average customer&rsquo;s bill by more than seven dollars a month.&nbsp;&nbsp;Jeff Holyfield&nbsp;&nbsp;is a Consumers Energy spokesman.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:07:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3655 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Broadband Divide http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-broadband-divide <p>There&rsquo;s a bit of a disconnect for many Michiganders when it comes to logging onto&nbsp;&nbsp;the internet.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A new survey shows 82% of Michiganders have a home computer.&nbsp;&nbsp; But access to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband">a broadband connection</a> to the internet is another matter.</p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:32:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 3098 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Broadband Divide