DTE Energy IRP Hearing - Detroit
Consider this: You have a service that you cannot live without, but only one company can provide you that service. Would it be fair for this monopoly to unreasonably increase its prices if you have no other choice but to pay up? Of course not. Unfortunately, this is a very real possibility for DTE customers.
On July 3, DTE Energy filed a rate case with the Michigan Public Service Commission. If it is approved, DTE’s plan would increase electricity bills for DTE residential customers by around $240 per year by 2022.
Fortunately, this rate increase is not set in stone and you have an opportunity to urge DTE to keep costs low for you and your family. On Tuesday, October 23, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Wayne County Community College, DTE is holding their last open house to get public input on their Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). An IRP is a utility’s long-term energy plan. It lays out where utilities will generate their energy from (coal, gas, renewables) in the future and what costs are involved.
Can we count on you to attend this hearing?
The truth is these staggering rate increases are not necessary. By investing in clean, renewable energy like solar and wind, and in programs that help customers reduce energy use overall, DTE could save its customers billions of dollars over the next 15 years.
This is one of the rare occasions where you can tell DTE what you want your energy future to look like. The cost of energy can be lowered for residential customers if utilities like DTE invest in renewable energy sources and reduce energy waste. Don’t miss this opportunity!