Category Archives: Energy

Energy researchers say gas prices don’t drive gasoline consumption

AAA predicts that nearly 95 million people will be traveling for the holidays. Many divers are finding gas prices to be much better than last year.

However, energy economists said gas prices have little impact on how much people actually drive.

They said life milestones such as retiring and even what part of the country we live in are more important factors. Read more

UP residents can expect energy bills to jump


U.P. residents are likely to see their energy bills increase after Dec. 1. Some could see an increase by as much as 28 percent.

U.P. residents are likely to see their energy bills increase after Dec. 1. Some could see an increase by as much as 28 percent.


As the temperatures drop, energy prices are climbing, and in the U.P., they’re poised to take a big jump next week.

It all stems from a disagreement over supply and demand, or more specifically, who should supply the demand.
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Michigan energy appraisal estimates lower bills

The state says its bi-annual energy appraisal shows that residents will have a bit more money in their pockets this Winter.

Judy Palnau is a media specialist with the Michigan Public Service Commission. She says although unit price has risen for natural gas users, overall they should be paying less.

“Bills will be going down despite the fact that natural gas prices per unit are expected to be up. Last year was actually the reverse. We were paying an 11-year low per unit of natural gas, but because we were using so much more of it to keep warm, many people saw their bills actually go up, despite the lower price.”

Palnau says the estimate is based on the assumption that Michigan will have a return to normal winter weather this year.

We spoke to the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. Their meteorologists say Michigan will likely see a slightly colder than normal winter, however it will be nowhere near as cold as last year’s Polar Vortex.

The MPSC says even if Michigan has another remarkably cold Winter, there is enough energy stored to avoid a crisis.