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.
We’re continuously making improvements and upgrades to your natural gas service. It’s necessary to ensure the integrity of our system—all 30,000 miles of it. Recent activities include infrastructure replacements across the state, upgrades to compressor and pressure regulation facilities, and expansions to accommodate new business and residential customer growth. It’s all about making sure you have the most reliable and safe service possible.
We’re spending $17 million to augment our pipeline system, which includes a new $9 million natural gas compressor which is being built to increase reliability to customers in Huron and Tuscola counties.
We’re adding 146 miles of new gas distribution main in areas currently without natural gas, supporting over 2,000 new residential customers.
We’re coordinating with local, county and state governments to make gas infrastructure improvements while they make roadway and civic improvements.
“Smart pig” technology helps to identify integrity problems, like gaps in protective wrap or dents. We’re spending $500 million to inspect, assess and replace pipeline for safety and reliability.
We’re spending $75 million to complete 60 improvement projects and replace an additional 86 miles of pipe with plastic and steel, using nearly 500 dedicated team members.
To improve reliability and safety, we’re expanding and upgrading service to more than 10,000 expected new residential customers.
Natural gas is made to smell like rotten eggs so it’s easy to detect a leak.