Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has intervened in two cases before the Michigan Public Service Commission to challenge requests for rate increases by two electric utility companies serving the U.P.
The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation filed a request last month seeking to increase its electric rates to customers by 28-percent or $25.18 per month.
Northern State Power also filed to increase electric rates to U.P. consumers by 8-percent.
Each company serves over 9,000 U.P. customers.
Schuette says the actions follow ones taken by his office last month challenging requests before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the MPSC to allow the merger of two electric companies that could further increase U.P. electric rates.
Already, requests to FERC by one of the two merging companies have imposed new costs on U.P. customers to keep Marquette’s Presque Isle Power Plant open, and more increases are being sought.