Energy refunds will be automatic for millions of 

Americans from $15 million pot - but bills will rise anyway

After a settlement has been reached, millions of 

Consumers Energy customers will see one-time 

payments and an increase in their electric bills.

Under a settlement with the Michigan Public Service 

Commission (MPSC), the energy company will offer 

one-time voluntary refunds" to nearly 2 million customers.

A $15 million voluntary refund will be provided from last year's revenue.

The credit will be applied as a 12-month bill 

Credit beginning when the new base rates take effect.

Payments are automatically applied to customers' bills without them having to do anything.

Customers are likely to see monthly price hikes in 

addition to the payments and $155million hike approved by MPSC.

In addition, MPSC is allowing the company to add 

a surcharge to recover $6 million for a deferral of distributions in 2021.

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