Social justice coalition fights utility rate hike requests

BY: KEN COLEMAN – JULY 28, 2022 12:31 PM

The Defend Black Voters Coalition during a public meeting in Detroit on Wednesday called for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to reject energy rate increases for two utilities. 

The action came as MPSC considered a request for leading utility companies DTE and Consumers Energy to secure rate increases of 9% and 7%, respectively. The MPSC did not act on the measure and would not comment on the rate cases, according to spokesman Matt Helms. 

Neither DTE nor Consumers Energy responded to the Advance’s request for comment. 

However, the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan, an independent organization, analyzed the cases.

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