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DTE cannot recover waived fees by charging residential customers

According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, DTE will not be able to recover hundreds of thousands in financial penalties it waived by charging residential customers more for their services

The case was originally filed in mid-2022, where DTE cited an under-recovery from customers and sought to recoup those costs. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office later discovered that DTE was requesting to charge residential customers more than $650,000 to recover fees it lost when it decided to waive certain financial penalties for several large transportation companies who used their services.

In her testimony, Attorney General Dana Nessel argued that it would be improper to charge residential customers for those costs, and that if DTE wanted to waive those fees, its company shareholders that should bear the cost, not its customers. The Administrative Law Judge in charge of the case agreed and upheld Nessel’s recommendation.

In a statement, Nessel said that it was important to “ensure ratepayers are not being asked to pay for costs that are wholly unrelated to the service they receive.”

DTE provides natural gas to 1.3 million customers across the state and electricity to approximately 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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