Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

August 18, 2013

Green energy fees disappearing from utility bills

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Detroit-based DTE also is saving money.

“We’ve experienced lower costs to build our own wind energy parks, as well as for contracts to purchase power,” said Irene Dimitry, the utility’s vice president for marketing and renewables. “Contributing to that have been technology improvements that have led to better wind and solar energy production, as well as federal production tax credits that have offset our costs.”

Those bending the ear of Snyder and lawmakers hope the shrinking surcharges speak for themselves when the debate over an energy law update heats up in 2014.

“Now is the time for policymakers in Lansing to come to the table ... because it’s good for consumers and our economy,” said Julie Lyons Bricker, director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, a group of churches concerned about climate change.

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Latest MPSC report on Michigan’s renewable energy law: http://1.usa.gov/19nB9Kx

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