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Dramatic Consumers Energy Rate Increases Proposed

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LANSING (WTVB) - If you’re a Consumers Energy electricity customer, your monthly bill could take a big jump, not next year, but the year after. A rate increase request that amounts to $11.62 more per month in 2014 from Consumers has turned some heads. A spokesman for the utility, Jeff Holyfield, said he didn’t know why the proposed hike is getting more attention than usual. Holyfield said Consumer’s has a transparent business strategy with their plan to make substantial investments to serve their customers and improve the environment and then file annual rate cases to recover those costs.  The Michigan Public Service Commission gets the final word on rate increases. The requested hike is a relatively large one. The Consumers rate increase request prior to this -- filed in June 2011 -- translated to $7.70 per month. The rate case prior to that, in January 2010, sought an average monthly hike of $6.42 per month.

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