Wind power needs a back-up energy source because the wind doesn’t blow all the time. Wind produced energy has to get tied to the grid at a great expense. If that’s not enough to understand the reason for the rate hikes – traditional sources (fossil fuels and coal) and new renewables are naturally going to pass expenses on to consumers. Electricity rates are being raised all over the country.
In an email sent to me by someone who saw this on the state of Michigan listserv:
Consumers Energy wants a MASSIVE rate hike. Guess someone has to pay for these turbines…us. The developers have talked ad nauseam about the money that will be injected into the local economy by leaseholders having more income…what about everybody else not being able to afford things anymore because energy costs are sky-high? How would that balance out?
If you would like to help coördinate doing something about this, please contact me by email and I’ll put you in touch with a local organization.
From the pdf link below:
• Consumers Energy Company is seeking authority to adjust its retail electric rates to provide additional revenue of approximately $195 million annually above current electric levels, if the Michigan Public Service Commission approves its request. In addition, Consumers Energy Company is requesting approval to implement or modify several cost recovery mechanisms or proposals if the Commission approves its request.
• A TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER’S AVERAGE ELECTRIC BILL MAY INCREASE BY ABOUT $7.70 PER MONTH IF THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION APPROVES THE REQUEST.
Consumers Energy states that factors contributing to the requested increase include “ongoing investments in electric utility generation and distribution assets to comply with environmental and legal requirements” meaning wind turbines.
mpsc-notices : Consumers Energy Company, Prehearing The preceding document was uploaded to the MPSC website today.
If you would like to view this document, you can find it here: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/orders/notices/2011/16794.pdf