Bay City energy customers are being urged to be cautious of phone calls asking for payments and threatening to shut off their power.
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.
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A year after calling for more research into the state’s energy policies, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to give an address next month on his new energy priorities.
Alpena County is being recognized by the state for its “Economic Leadership in Energy Efficiency.”
Consumer’s Energy, DTE Energy and The Salvation Army are a few of the 14 organizations that received money to provide energy assistance funding to those who need it.