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22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« on: August 21, 2008, 06:11:08 AM »

"It's the result of an unusual and unexplained run-up in natural gas costs"
UNUSUAL and UNEXPLAINED is right!
It is going to be a very long, cold and expensive Winter.
Where is the Michigan Public Service Commission?

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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 06:24:50 AM »

LOL They are with the Road Commission!  ;)

Sorry Chips, just had to say it.
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 09:01:08 AM »

You're surprised your energy bill is going up?  Where've you been?
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 10:31:20 AM »

We are probably paying for the new ng pipeline from Alaska to Chicago. Cost of living...gotta support those execs.
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 10:35:00 AM »

We'll be bundling up a little more this winter. ;) :)
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 10:54:52 AM »

Heard on TV the other day that someone made an error in fuel supply estimates.  The U.S. actually has an abundance of natural gas but that isn't going to slow down the rate hikes.  They already jumped my budget $50.
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008, 06:25:55 PM »

The article also said it is raising rates to make up for $16 million the company undercharged companies in the "recent past".  This is the part that really angers me!!  If they were undercharging, why do we now have to pay for it?  It is their loss!  If I am selling apples on the side of the road and charge a dollar a pound and realize I should have been charging $1.50 to make a profit I don't get to go back and knock on my customers doors and demand payment.... I'm just out of luck and will put the proper price on next time for sure.  I don't understand why they are allowed to do this.  Especially when we are stuck buying from them, we have no other company to go to.  If there was I bet this would never happen, they would be afraid of losing customers, they would be on top of everything.  The person(s) responsible for the mistake should be fired and the company should be out of luck....... But I bet they got a raise in salary and a promotion and we get to foot the bill.
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2008, 07:09:31 PM »

one MT member works there...maybe he/she would like to put their two cents worth in about it. would be nice dont ya think??
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2008, 06:58:59 AM »

You're surprised your energy bill is going up?  Where've you been?

I am surprised (and mad) about. the 22% increase.
I am also sure my S.S. check won't go up 22%.
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2008, 08:42:28 AM »

 DTE makes the most profit off residential service, but unlike big business, residents can't afford big law firms and lobbyists. When big business threatened to support electric choice big electric cut them a deal. Residential choice got sold out by big government. We give DTE 6 billion corporate welfare and pay higher rates while DTE & Consumer's Energy keep their monopoly on the market and Fermi 3 gets a rubber stamp. We the people and our government are here to serve big business, right?
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2008, 10:14:58 AM »

I wish my budget would have only gone up by 22%.  They jumped mine 61%.  We'll see what the actual amounts to around Dec/Jan.
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Re: 22% Rate Increase by Michigan Gas Utilities Corp
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2008, 06:36:46 PM »

I can wait to see the price of fuel oil. It doubled last winter. I like my wood stove.
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