SE Michigan residents blast utility rate hike proposal during Detroit public hearing

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BY: KEN COLEMAN – AUGUST 23, 2022 6:36 AM, Michigan Advance

For Qiana Davis, it’s a struggle to keep lights and gas on at her Virginia Park home in Detroit. 

“The [DTE] rates are untenable for anybody,” she said on Monday. “I don’t care how much you’re making. It’s just not feasible for anybody. Most people are living check to check.” 

Davis told her story during a rally as the Defend Black Voters Coalition continued its effort to derail leading utility DTE’s 9% rate increase proposal ahead of a Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) meeting held at Wayne County Community College District in downtown Detroit.

MPSC also is considering a request for Consumers Energy to secure a rate increase of 7%.

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