Michigan lawmakers propose law to compensate customers for power outages


Michigan reported the fourth-highest number of average power disruptions in the U.S., behind Maine, West Virginia, and California as per the power outage data reported by the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan. The state also reported some of the highest energy costs in the Midwest.

State Reps. Abraham Aiyash and Yousef Rabhi, both Democrats, introduced legislation in the state legislature that would require utility companies like DTE and Consumers to pay customers if their power goes out. House Bills 6043-6047, if passed, would require energy utilities to compensate for the costs of outages and mandate state regulators to conduct evidentiary hearings on electrical distribution plans.

Yousef Rabhi, who co-sponsored the bill said:

Right now, everyone pays the price of power outages except the utilities. Individual Michiganders lose the food in their fridge and the power they need to run their medical devices. Businesses lose stock and operating hours. We pay the highest residential electricity rates in the nation for reliability which is nearly the worst. These bills will help the people of Michigan hold these monopolies responsible for delivering the service we pay for.

Last year, a massive storm that swept through Michigan knocked out power for over a million residents for days on end across the state.

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