CUB in the News: Recent News Roundup

Beware Of So-Called Detroit Activists Pocketing DTE Energy Donations

Deadline Detroit

By Darrell Dawsey

January 14, 2020

https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/24129/dawsey_beware_of_so-called_activists_pocketing_donations_from_dte_energy_other_utilities

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Publicly owned utilities ‘not a panacea’ but can produce customer benefits

Energy News Network

By Tom Perkins

https://energynews.us/2019/12/16/west/publicly-owned-utilities-not-a-panacea-but-can-produce-customer-benefits/

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Semco reaches rate hike settlement with state

The Mining Journal

By Lisa Bowers

December 12, 2020 

https://www.miningjournal.net/news/front-page-news/2019/12/semco-reaches-rate-hike-settlement-with-state/

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Michigan energy task force readies propane report, but questions loom

By Andy Balaskovitz

December 11, 2020

https://energynews.us/2019/12/11/midwest/michigan-energy-task-force-readies-propane-report-but-questions-loom/

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DTE and Consumers Energy are broken and dangerous. Is it time for publicly owned utilities? 

Detroit Metro Times

By Tom Perkins

November 13, 2020 

https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/dte-and-consumers-energy-are-broken-and-dangerous-is-it-time-for-publicly-owned-utilities/Content?oid=23102753

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Electrical Grid Resilience In The Age Of Climate Change

WDET

October 29, 2020

https://wdet.org/posts/2019/10/29/88803-electrical-grid-resilience-in-the-age-of-climate-change/

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CUB in the News: Whitmer, MPSC initiative prioritizes grid modernization in clean energy transition

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CUB in the News: Michigan AG focuses on clean energy, ratepayer support in shift for office

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CUB in the News: State regulators issue energy assessment amid transition from coal

MiBiz: West Michigan Business News & Information

By Andy Balaskovitz

October 13, 2019

https://www.mibiz.com/sections/energy/state-regulators-issue-energy-assessment-amid-transition-from-coal

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Citizens Utility Board of Michigan Applauds MI Power Grid Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2019

Contact: Amy Bandyk - [email protected]

Earlier today, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission announced a new initiative “designed to guide Michigan residents and businesses through the energy industry’s rapid changes in the transition to clean energy” called MI Power Grid.

Based on what we have seen so far, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Michigan sees great promise in the MI Power Grid initiative to empower ratepayers to control their energy use and cut their bills. The effort is placing a large emphasis on energy customers - from expanded clean energy options to a focus on ratepayer value from new investments.

“We’re pleased to see that the MI Power Grid initiative involves not only educational components and opportunities for further discussion, but also real action that will benefit residential utility customers through rulemaking and evidentiary hearings,” said Amy Bandyk, executive director of CUB of MI. 

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CUB in the News: State AG files testimony opposing Semco request

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CUB in the News: Amid energy transition in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, what is solar’s role?

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CUB in the News: My Take: SEMCO needs fairer way to cover costs

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CUB in the News: Water shutoffs, power failures and other Issues leave Detroit vulnerable during heatwaves

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Final Statewide Energy Assessment Has Good Ambitions But Will Require Quick Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2019

With the final Statewide Energy Assessment (SEA), the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has acted promptly in response to fuel reliability concerns from this past winter. The Citizens Utility Board of Michigan has followed this process closely, as residential ratepayers need adequate protection from service outages and price spikes.

"We applaud the MPSC for many of the final SEA’s bold recommendations that can help protect Michigan energy consumers," said Amy Bandyk, executive director of CUB of MI. "In particular, CUB of Michigan appreciates that the commission added to the final report the recommendation of a specific framework for valuing energy waste reduction, demand response and other non-wires alternatives in utility plans for distribution grid improvements. This is in line with CUB’s comments filed on the initial SEA, arguing that efficiency resources deserve special attention because they tend to carry lower costs for consumers than capital-intensive investments."

"We also applaud the commission’s recommendation to create a workgroup to “investigate” improvements for the state’s Service Quality and Reliability Rules. One point of caution, however: as CUB (as well as Attorney General Dana Nessel) has already argued, the problems with the current rules are already known. The burden is placed on the customer to ask the utility for credits to be added to their bills following extended outages, leading to very few customers receiving the credits they are due. In addition, the value of these credits is unrealistically low given the harm outages pose for the customer. More mass outages like those experienced this July will unfortunately likely happen again, so CUB urges the MPSC to ensure the workgroup’s investigations are speedy and speak to the need for increased credits for outages so more customers do not lose opportunities for relief," said Bandyk.

For more information about the CUB of Michigan, visit www.cubofmichigan.org.

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The Citizens Utility Board of Michigan’s mission is to represent the interests of residential energy customers across the state. Our goal is to educate and engage Michigan consumers in support of cost-effective investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy and against unfair rate increase requests.

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