mpsc http://michiganradio.org en Utility regulators say the Lansing Board of Water & Light was not prepared for December ice storm http://michiganradio.org/post/utility-regulators-say-lansing-board-water-light-was-not-prepared-december-ice-storm <p>State utility regulators are the latest to give Lansing’s city electric utility poor marks for how it handled a massive ice storm in December.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/bwlreport_457837_7.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Public Service Commission says</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light was not prepared for the Dec. 21 ice storm that knocked out power to about 40,000 </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> customers. Many customers had to wait 10 days or more to get their electricity restored.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>MPSC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> report echoes the findings of </span><a href="http://www.lbwl.com/outagereport/" style="line-height: 1.5;">BWL’s own internal review </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and </span><a href="http://media.mlive.com/lansing-news/other/CRT%20Report_May%205_FINAL%20PDF.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">a panel appointed by Lansing’s mayor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Among other things, the </span>MPSC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs to improve its tree trimming and communications programs. The public service commission does not regulate </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, so its findings are little more than recommendations for change.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing Mayor </span>Virg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bernero<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asked for the state review. He says the three reports will provide a “road map” for </span>BWL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to be a more reliable energy provider.</span></p><p>BWL’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> general manager issued a statement saying the utility has “already begun implementing many of the improvements recommended by the MPSC.”</span></p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17809 at http://michiganradio.org Utility regulators say the Lansing Board of Water & Light was not prepared for December ice storm Michiganders to stop paying fee for non-existent federal program http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-stop-paying-fee-non-existent-federal-program <p>DTE and Consumers Energy electric customers may notice a slight dip in their monthly bills.</p><p></p><p>Since 1982, utilities have tacked on a 15 to 20 cent fee on monthly electric bills.</p><p></p><p>It was supposed to pay for a federal program to dispose of spent fuel from nuclear power plants. Only one problem: The program never actually disposed of any waste.</p><p></p><p>Last fall, a federal court ordered an end to the fee.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Public Service Commissioner Greg White was part of the lawsuit.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:46:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 17641 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders to stop paying fee for non-existent federal program 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 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