Utility bills for many customers will be affected by orders this week from the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Consumers Energy was ordered to refund $10.7 million to natural gas customers because a self-implemented rate increase was more than the final amount approved by regulators. A typical residential customer could get a refund of $4.73 for January.

 Consumers Energy residential electric customers could see a 1.45 percent increase on their January bills because of an order related to decommissioning the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant.  

A typical Detroit Edison residential electric customer could get a refund of $6.08 for January because of an order for the utility to refund $26.9 million.   Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. residential gas customers could see monthly bills rise $2.94 over a 12-month period.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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