Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2020
As Michiganders begin to hunker down for colder weather and the home-heating season, the Michigan Public Service Commission reminds businesses and residents about a natural gas price-comparison website that’s a beneficial resource for those who want to make informed decisions about choosing a natural gas provider or evaluating their current rates.
Since the site was launched five years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have visited the CompareMIGas website. It shows current rates offered by all alternative gas suppliers actively marketing or enrolling customers in Michigan, as well as the basic terms and conditions of offers. CompareMIGas also features the current MPSC-regulated gas cost recovery rates charged by the four natural gas utilities that offer natural gas choice in their service territories: DTE Gas Co., Consumers Energy Co., SEMCO Energy Gas Co. and Michigan Gas Utilities Corp.
Business or residential customers considering purchasing natural gas through an alternative gas supplier should be sure to shop around. In addition to checking the CompareMIGas website to compare rates, be sure to understand the terms and conditions before signing a contract, and always be mindful of who is supplying your natural gas and the rate you are paying. The MPSC encourages customers to regularly monitor their energy bills.
More than 75% of Michigan households use natural gas for heating. As of September 2020, there were 335,041 customers participating statewide in the Gas Customer Choice Program.
For more information, visit the MPSC’s Gas Customer Choice Program website. Our consumer tip sheet on natural gas customer choice includes a checklist for those considering a switch to an alternative gas supplier.
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