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.
Natural gas is a relatively affordable and clean option for generating electricity, saving you money and helping the environment. We have two natural gas combined cycle plants in our fleet, one in Zeeland and one in Jackson, with a total generating capability of 1117MW. The Zeeland facility also employs two natural gas simple cycle units providing an additional 360MW of generating capability. Together, The Zeeland and Jackson Generating Stations are capable of contributing over 1,470 megawatts of clean energy to the grid.
The Jackson Generating Station is the newest plant in our fleet. It uses natural gas to create electricity. The plant has a capacity of 540 megawatts, enough to power a community of about 450,000 people.
The Zeeland Generating Station has a capacity of 930 megawatts, enough to power a community of about 800,000 people. The site consists of one steam turbine and four combustion turbines, which use natural gas for a fuel source.
Zeeland Generating Station team members are active with United Way and many community organizations and events, like Adopt-A-Highway program and the Holland Tulip Time Festival.
The Zeeland Generating Station is located on a 30-acre site in the city of Zeeland. The first phase of the plant was completed in 2001 and the second phase in 2002.
Making the Transition
We’re working with Michigan State University to transition from coal to natural gas as its energy source.