Michigan Unveils Natural Gas Price Comparison Website

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The Michigan Public Service Commission has launched their natural gas shopping website to help consumers compare different rates and plans offered by competitive energy suppliers. The site also includes several pages dedicated to consumer education on energy choice.

Michigan Public Service Commission
Contact: Judy Palnau

October 5, 2015 – The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today unveiled a natural gas price comparison website Michigan.gov/CompareMIGas to help customers make informed decisions when choosing a provider.

“Just in time for the upcoming heating season, Michigan natural gas customers have at their fingertips a natural gas price comparison website where they can find fair price comparisons from all natural gas providers in the state, both alternative gas suppliers and incumbent utilities,” said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush.  “The Michigan.gov/CompareMIGas website is a valuable resource to help customers make informed decisions.”

The website, Michigan.gov/CompareMIGas includes the prices currently charged by all alternative gas suppliers (AGSs) actively marketing or enrolling customers in Michigan, as well as the basic terms and conditions of their offers. It also features the current gas cost recovery factor (GCR) price charged by regulated natural gas utilities that offer natural gas choice in their territories: DTE Gas Company, Consumers Energy Company, SEMCO Energy Gas Company, and Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation.

Last year, the MPSC issued an order (Case No. U-17580) approving the creation of a natural gas price comparison website; directing all AGSs to comply with the terms and conditions of the Michigan.gov/CompareMIGas website; directing the four above-mentioned regulated gas utilities to file updated tariff sheets; and directing the MPSC staff to work with the Department of Management and Budget to develop the website.

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