Michigan electric customers won’t pay wind surcharge

Electrical customers in Coldwater, Hillsdale, Marshall, Union City and Clinton will not have to pay a utility bill surcharge to bring wind power from the Dakotas eastward. Nor will they have to pay for other grid expansions in the Midwest, according to Glen White, general manager of the Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA) joint power provider for the five communities.

White said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled last week that the MSCPA cannot be charged for transmission construction costs, which will be included in the bills of Consumers Energy, Detroit Edison and other power users.

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