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Summer Peak Rate

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.

As part of our Clean Energy Plan, the Summer Peak Rate will:

  • Give you more control over your electricity use and monthly bill
  • Reward you for reducing electricity use during peak times
  • Contribute to a cleaner, smarter energy future for Michigan

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?


On June 1, 2020, a peak pricing period goes into effect – giving residents throughout Michigan more control over their electricity use and added personalization in their bills. 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 change in 2020, we gathered feedback from thousands of customers as part of the initial rollout of this rate change in 2019.

In March, a bill impact tool will be available 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.

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