Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 11, 2012

Business in Brief: 12/11/2012


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Charging station

ACME — Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has installed an electric vehicle charging station at the parking lot in front of the Resort's 17-story Tower.

The charging station can charge up to four vehicles at a time with 120- and 240-volt capacity, conforming to industry standards.

Paying it forward

TRAVERSE CITY — The Leadership Lunch Club's December meeting, "Paying it Forward" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Traverse City Country Club, 1725 S. Union St.

The featured book, "The Go-Giver" by Bob Burg and John David Mann, offers stories of how giving can be good business. Featured speakers include Denise and Mike Busley from the Grand Traverse Pie Company, Metta Lansdale from the Traverse Area District Library, Jennifer Finnegan-Pool executive director of Single MOMM and several others who will share stories with area business leaders.

Tickets are $25.The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Dec. 12. For more information, or to register, visit

Consumers refund

LANSING — The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved Consumers Energy's proposal to refund $23.3 million to its electric customers via a six-month credit.

The refund relates to a settlement agreement associated with the utility's litigation against the U.S. Department of Energy over claims arising from the DOE's failure to begin accepting spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste for disposal by the 1998 deadline set in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982.

Consumers Energy claimed damages incurred as a result of DOE's delay in accepting SNF, which is stored at the former Big Rock Point Nuclear Plant and Palisades Nuclear Power Plant.

Residential electric customers using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month will see a decrease of 64 cents on their monthly bill for six months, beginning in January 2013 and ending in June 2013.