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NEWS RELEASE: Falling costs of renewable energy prompts Consumers to eliminate surcharge

July 30, 2013

Falling costs of renewable energy prompts Consumers to eliminate surcharge

Customers see benefit of lower costs, cleaner air and water

JACKSON – Customers of Consumers Energy will see lower utility bills as the company reported to the state it is eliminating its renewable energy surcharge starting in July 2014.

The move is subject to approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Last year, Consumers cut its surcharge from 65 cents to 52 cents – a 20-percent reduction.

The news was welcomed by the Rev. Dr. Susan Weier of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Jackson.

“Technological advances and improved efficiency continue to drive the price of renewable energy down, making it cheaper than power from old and new coal plants, and on par with the cost of natural gas,” Weier said. “Along with the move toward cleaner sources of energy, like wind and solar, a reduction in our energy bills is good news for my congregation and customers across the state.”

According to the MPSC, Michigan’s major utilities are on track to meet the state’s 10 percent by 2015 renewable energy standard.

“Congregations from all faiths see the value of diversifying Michigan’s energy portfolio to include cleaner resources, both from an economic standpoint, and from a faith perspective in wanting to be good stewards of our natural resources,” said Julie Lyons Bricker, director of Michigan Interfaith Power & Light. “Now is the time for policymakers in Lansing to come to the table and work out a long-term energy plan for Michigan that includes more renewable energy and energy efficiency because it’s good for consumers and our economy.”

Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs, a bipartisan coalition of Michigan businesses, health professionals, labor unions, academics and scientists, agricultural and rural voices, faith leaders, environmental and conservation groups and more, supports increasing Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency use because of the economic benefits to the state.

More information about Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs can be found at www.mienergymijobs.com. Follow the coalition on Twitter @MIEnergyMIJobs or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MIEnergyMIJobs.

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