Residential Electricity, per Kilowatt-Hour Revenue Comparison of Grand Haven to Other Public Utilities and Consumers Energy

Those of us who have the Grand Haven Board of Light and Power providing electrical service to us should be very pleased with the quality of service the utility provides to us.

However, when compared to other publicly owned utilities in Western Michigan, we should be very concerned about our rates.

 

Yes, our revenue per kilowatt-hour charges are more expensive than those of Consumers Energy, but they are dramatically higher than the rates of other publicly owned utilities.  This chart shows how prices compare.

 

The information is from the American Public Power Association publication, “Average Revenue per Kilowatt Hour (in cents), for 2019.  The information was published in October of 2020.

 

Rates in several of these locations have changed.  Some, such as Holland, have lowered their rates by 10% across the Board (though the figure listed below, which is now higher than current rates, is from the October 2020 study).  Recently, Grand Haven lowered rates slightly for certain, primarily industrial customers, but has actually raised rates a small amount for more than half of their customers.

Above/Below MPU Average

Michigan Public Utility Average

Average Residential Revenue

Average Residential Revenue

Michigan Public Utility Average

Above/Below MPU Average

Grand Haven

Holland

Traverse City

Zeeland

Consumer's Energy

14.2

12.1

10.5

8.6

15.9

13.6

13.6

13.6

13.6

13.6

4.4% HIGHER

11.1% lower

22.8% lower

36.8% lower

16.9% HIGHER

Average revenue per kilowatt hour, in cents

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Letter From Major Local Industries Opposing the BLP Plans

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Reports posted on BLP’s Website

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