What Our New Summer Time of Use Rate Means for You
Beginning in June, you will transition to our new summer Time of Use rate, and we want you to be prepared. To help you understand what this means for you, we've created a new, personalized bill impact tool based on your summer 2018 electric use. This tool is available online and will help you see how small changes in your routine can make a big impact on your bill.
Our new summer Time of Use rate is part of a statewide effort to reduce energy use when demand is highest – on summer weekdays between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. With this new rate, when you use energy is just as important as how much you use. By shifting your energy use outside the hours of peak demand you could lower your bill.
Michigan depends on a strong utility workforce. Through the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium, we work with educators, government, businesses and other utilities to graduate a regular stream of diverse talent from our electric and natural gas apprenticeship programs. Take a look at our current training opportunities to see if you’re a fit. For the pathways to linework careers at Consumers Energy, please click here.
EMPOWER Electric Lineworker Apprentice Program—Available through Lansing Community College and Alpena Community College
In just a little more than a year, you could be ready to begin an exciting and rewarding career in an electric lineworker apprenticeship. This affordable program provides intense instruction from highly skilled journey-level lineworkers, who have many years of field experience. This pre-apprenticeship program offers hands-on classroom and field instruction directly related to working with electrical lines.
The training program includes:
A four-day pass/fail orientation held at Marshall Training Center in Marshall, Michigan
Physical fitness training
Hands-on classroom and field instruction on working with electrical lines
Ten challenging weeks of instruction covering climbing, line construction, forestry, equipment operation and applied electrical theory working with de-energized and energized conductors
A certification in Electric Lineworking from Lansing Community College or Alpena Community College upon successful completion of the program
Potential employment at Consumers Energy upon successful completion of the program
This unique industry-education relationship provides an unbeatable return on your investment. To learn more about the program, select a location below.