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.
It’s been called one of the world’s biggest electric batteries. The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant can provide energy at a moment’s notice. This and its sustainable fuel source make Ludington an important part of our generating fleet. That means fewer inconveniences and more savings for you.
Ludington’s elegantly simple technology enables the plant to respond quickly to the daily, weekly and seasonal highs and lows of Michigan’s energy demand. The plant also helps keep rates lower because we can avoid the expensive spot market when electricity demand is high. The immense size of Ludington and its six-unit design offers flexibility in balancing electricity demand with electric output at the flip of a switch.
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The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant sits on a 1,000-acre site along the Lake Michigan shoreline, four miles south of Ludington. We operate the plant and share ownership with DTE Energy. It began producing electricity in 1973.
Lake Michigan water is pumped uphill during periods of low electric demand and stored in a large reservoir. When electricity demand is high, the water is released from the upper reservoir through six pump-turbines for power generation. After passing through the pump-turbines, this water flows back into the lake.
The plant supports local schools and governments by contributing $11 million in annual property taxes.
We protect and manage local plant and wildlife habitats. This site has butterfly gardens and wood duck nesting boxes as part of the plant’s certification by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant has a capacity of 1,875 megawatts, enough to power a community of 1.4 million people.
An independent national survey ranks Consumers Energy fifth in the nation among providers of electricity and natural gas for customer satisfaction.