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Consumers Energy customers could see electric bill go up next year


Consumers Energy is proposing a nearly $300 million investment to modernize its power grid and support clean energy projects. If approved, average households could see a monthly bill increase of about 7 dollars and 50 cents.

“We want fewer power outages for our customers and if there are power outages we want the duration to be much shorter and less frequent for our customers.” said Katie Carey, the Consumers Director of External Relations. She says improving the strength of the grid is one of their main priorities as climate change brings more severe weather events.

The Michigan Public Service Commission is considering the proposal and its impact on customers. A final decision is expected early next year.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.