CUB in the News: Called to account: A state commission is demanding answers from energy utilities for the outages that affected over a million homes in early August

Planet Detroit

By Brian Allnutt

August 27, 2021

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CUB in the News: Mich. PSC Issues Emergency Order Following Devastating Storms

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CUB in the News: 43,000 Michiganders without power with heat index expected to hit 100

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Statement from CUB in Reaction to MPSC Special Order re: Utility Reliability

Initial reaction from Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Michigan Executive Director Amy Bandyk:

The Michigan Public Service Commission today has done the right thing for Michigan ratepayers by taking swift action to approve an order on new rules to protect consumers and improve the oversight of electric utilities following the devastating outages that have been the latest reminder of Michigan utilities' poor electric reliability record.

MPSC Chairman Dan Scripps was spot-on when he said in the commission meeting today that we need "to move away from the cycle of bad storm and a response, then another bad storm and a response" and instead make better reliability performance an enduring part of utility strategy.

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CUB in the News: Cities, activists call for hearings over utilities' response to storm outages

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CUB in the News: Whitmer, local leaders calling on Michigan utility companies to make immediate changes

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Statement: CUB of MI applauds Gov. Whitmer for standing up for residents following severe power outages

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Michigan applauds Gov. Whitmer for announcing steps today to both improve access to relief for Michigan ratepayers whose lives are too frequently upended by power outages and hold the large investor-owned utilities accountable for unreliable electric service.

"Governor Whitmer is right to recognize that the state of electric reliability in Michigan is unacceptable and demands action," CUB of MI Executive Director Amy Bandyk said. "Many Michigan utility consumers are not aware of how poorly the state's utilities rank compared to those in the rest of the Midwest and country when it comes to how well they keep the lights on."

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