Nessel calls DTE’s latest rate hike request ‘frankly, absurd’

  • Attorney General Dana Nessel says she plans to intervene in DTE’s latest attempt at a rate increase 
  • The company is seeking a $456.4 million rate hike, which would cost residential customers an extra $11 a month on average
  • Its request comes months after the company was approved for a $368 million rate increase that went into effect in December

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a notice of intervention with the Michigan Public Service Commission in response to DTE Energy’s latest attempt to increase rates.

The Detroit-based company is seeking an increase of $456.4 million. If approved, the rate increase would be effective starting in January 2025. The utility’s request comes just months after the MPSC approved a $368 million rate increase for DTE, which went into effect in December.

DTE says it needs the additional revenue to fund infrastructure investments that will reduce outages and to bring “cleaner energy faster to the state.” It said the rate increase would cost residential customers less than 37 cents per day on average, which is roughly $11 per month. 


“This latest rate hike request from DTE is, frankly, absurd in both the astounding dollars and obnoxious timing — requesting yet another $450 million not even four months since their last rate hike was approved,” said Nessel in a press statement. 

“DTE is following their usual playbook, incessant and oppressive rate hike requests not grounded in reality, but rather based on the financial aspirations of their corporate shareholders.”

While the attorney general does have the authority to intervene in such cases the MPSC is an independent government agency. 

DTE provides electricity to roughly 2 million customers in southeast Michigan and gas to over 1 million customers across the state. 

“DTE Energy will reduce power outages by 30 percent and cut outage time in half over the next five years, all while keeping customer bills below the national average,” DTE told Bridge in an emailed statement. 

“We are committed to giving our customers the reliable and affordable energy they deserve.” 

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