Michigan Public Service Commission releases energy appraisal, predicts lower heating costs



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LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan Public Service Commission has released its annual appraisal of the projected price and availability of energy in the state throughout winter.

The agency's Michigan Energy Appraisal determined the state will have adequate energy supplies this winter. The demand for natural gas and electricity is expected to increase slightly due to cold weather. But usage of all heating fuels is expected to decrease significantly from last winter.

If temperatures return to normal this heating season, natural gas utility customers can expect a 9 percent reduction in heating bills. Heating oil and propane customers could see a 20-30 percent decrease in costs compared to last winter.

About 77 percent of Michigan households heat with natural gas, while 8.5 percent use propane, 9 percent use electric, 4 percent use wood and 1.5 percent use heating oil.

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