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Learn About Consumers Energy in Michigan

Consumers Energy is a Michigan energy utility that distributes and supplies natural gas and electricity. It serves almost 7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, offering natural gas, electricity or both to 68 counties in the Lower Peninsula. Formerly known as Consumers Power, this CMS Energy Corporation utility changed its name to Consumers Energy in 1997.

As a utility, Consumers Energy operates a multitude of power plants and gas lines. It supplies electricity to 6 million customers and natural gas to more than 1.7 million customers, with one-half of these gas customers residing in metro Detroit.

Michigan energy deregulation in a nutshell

Beginning in 2000, Michigan energy became deregulated. A new law opened the markets for both electricity and natural gas. However, in 2008, the Michigan energy market for electricity consumers changed. Electricity consumers now have to meet certain qualifications to have the ability to choose an alternative electricity supplier. On top of that, only 10% of a utility's customers can be sold by an alternative supplier and if a utility has reached its cap, consumers who wish to switch to an alternative supplier are added to a waiting list.

On the other hand, in the Michigan energy market for natural gas, consumers have the freedom to pick their supplier. This gives them the ability to find a plan that works for them. Natural gas consumers have an abundance of options. Because the natural gas market is deregulated, an assortment of retail Michigan energy companies have alternative supply rates available. As a utility, Consumers Energy in Michigan provides regulated natural gas rates for consumers in its distribution area.

Consumers Energy rates for supply

As the Michigan energy market is only partially deregulated electricity, if you live in the Lower Peninsula, you most likely receive your power supply from Consumers Energy. Rates from this utility are regulated by the government and follow the market price of the commodity.

Like that of electricity, Consumers Energy gas rates for supply are variable and fluctuate with the market value. However, when a consumer does choose a supply plan from one of the available retail Michigan energy companies, he or she will still pay Consumer Energy gas rates for delivery.

Finding a plan that's right for you

The Michigan energy market is complicated and you may not know if you can purchase electricity from a retail supplier. Natural gas may be less confusing but what about all the plans out there? Which one is the best for you?® can help you find answers to all of these questions. Enter your ZIP code and we can help determine what options are available in your city. If you give us a call, we can even help you get set up with a plan that matches your needs.

Consumers Energy contact information

  • Area served: Michigan
  • Phone number: 1-800-477-5050

Updated: 7-17-15