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COVID-19 Update: We do not anticipate an impact to our energy services and have implemented guidelines to keep customers & employees safe.

COVID-19 Update: We do not anticipate an impact to our energy services and have implemented guidelines to keep customers & employees safe.

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Summer Peak Rate

Gives you more control over your energy use and bill

The updated standard rate for all residential customers

Introducing the Summer Peak Rate


The way we generate, distribute and use energy is changing. As we work toward a cleaner energy future, we’re encouraging customers to become more engaged and take control of their electricity use – and in turn, rewarding smart energy choices. This requires a change in the way we charge for electricity.

The Summer Peak Rate is the newest standard electric rate for residential customers, and is an important part of our Clean Energy Plan.

Due to COVID-19, Peak Pricing has Been Delayed Until 2021

Given the economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delaying the implementation of the summer peak pricing period until 2021.

While you will still see this rate code (1001) on your bill, we will not be moving forward with the peak pricing for this summer as initially communicated. You will instead have a flat rate for electricity throughout the remainder of 2020.

Summer Peak Rate at a Glance


You Get More Control Over Your Bill

Now when you use electricity can be as important as how much you use. Simply shifting electricity use a few hours could help lower your bill.

You Get Rewarded for Shifting Use

If you shift when you use some electric appliances, like your air conditioner or dryer, your energy costs will be lower.

You Help Create a Cleaner Future for Michigan

This new approach supports our Clean Energy Plan, and will help us generate 90% of our power with renewable energy by 2040.

What is this New Rate?


 

 

Designed with our customers and Michigan in mind, this update to the standard residential electric rate aligns with our Clean Energy Plan. The Summer Peak Rate encourages you to take advantage of lower-cost energy available at certain times of day to help lower your bill.

The Summer Peak Rate includes a peak period from June 1 through September 30. The peak period consists of “on-peak” and “off-peak” rate prices:

  • “On-peak” rate price – From 2 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, your electricity rate will cost about 1.5 times higher than the “off-peak” rate price.
  • “Off-peak” rate price – customers will pay a lower rate price for electricity used outside of on-peak times. This is the same rate you would pay October through May.

We’re encouraging customers to save money by reducing electricity use during this on-peak time, or shifting use to mornings, nights and weekends.

With this new rate, when you use electricity can be just as important as how much you use.

Why Was This New Rate Created?


This new approach supports our Clean Energy Plan and puts Michigan on a path to a smarter energy future. Here’s how:

  • By reducing energy use during on-peak times, you can lower your electric bill.
  • By changing how we consume electricity under our Clean Energy Plan, we will be able to avoid building new power plants.
  • We have made a commitment to the planet – no more coal use and quadrupling the clean energy we provide. But we all play a role, and the cleanest form of energy is the energy we don’t use.

We also partnered with the Michigan Public Service Commission to ensure all our customers understand why this change is necessary and how this will benefit the state of Michigan for years to come.

How will the New Rate Change Things for You?



Although this changes how we think of energy use, most people will see less than a $4 increase to their monthly bill if they don’t shift when they use energy.

If you are able to shift your use of some electric appliances (for example, your washing machine, dish washer, air conditioner) to times when demand is lower, your electricity costs will be lower.

When demand is at its highest, weekdays between the hours of 2 and 7 pm, a higher electric rate will be charged (but never on weekends).

Benefits of the New Rate:


  • You have more control of your electricity use and monthly bills.
  • You will be rewarded when you reduce your electricity use during on-peak periods.
  • Together we’re supporting Michigan’s shift to clean, renewable energy.

When Will it Begin?


Due to COVID-19, Peak Pricing has Been Delayed Until 2021

Given the economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delaying the implementation of the summer peak pricing period until 2021.

While you will still see this rate code (1001) on your bill, we will not be moving forward with the peak pricing for this summer as initially communicated. You will instead have a flat rate for electricity throughout the remainder of 2020. The peak pricing period will be in effect from June through September each year moving forward.

All residential electric customers* will be notified months in advance with communications that include ideas on how you can shift electricity use and save money. Program recommendations will also be included to help reduce the impact of this rate change.

To provide the best customer experience for this rate, we gathered feedback from thousands of customers in 2019.

A bill impact tool will be available in 2021 so you can see how the rate change will specifically impact your bill and help you find opportunities to save. Make sure you create a Consumers Energy Account if you don’t already have one.


*Some customers with exceptions will move to the updated rate later in 2020.

Save Even More With These Add-Ons


Explore additional savings and participate in Michigan’s clean energy future by adding any of these programs to your rate.

Plug-In Electric Vehicles

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Green Energy Programs

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