Unfair Rate Hike!

December 1, 2023, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved a rate hike for DTE Energy starting December 15, 2023. This decision will significantly impact Metro-Detroiters during the holidays and throughout the harsh winter.

What You Need to Know:

Too Much Money: The approved rate hike grants DTE Energy a staggering $368,115,000 increase. This comes after the energy corporation reported a third-quarter gross profit of $1,580,000,000. 

Last year, despite a request for $388,000,000, only $30,557,000 was approved. People-powered efforts reduced the increase by 90%, yet DTE will now receive almost the entirety of their original request and millions more.

We Should All Question Michigan Public Service Commission Deliberations when they favor DTE: of the commission's $34.9 million budget, all but about $3 million in federal grants is paid by assessments levied against Michigan utilities. DTE and Consumers pay 88% of that assessment, or 80% of the total commission budget.

Too Many Questions: The MPSC's Investment Recovery Mechanism (IRM), aimed to track investments in DTE Electric’s distribution system and ensure continued investment in the distribution grid to improve reliability and resilience, this won't be completed until Summer 2024. The rate hike decision comes before a full review of DTE's investments, compromising reliability and efficiency.

Too Cruel: Some of the rationale the MPSC used to justify the rate hike is to assist DTE during historic inflation. However, this prioritizes corporate interests during times of high inflation over the well-being of the people, their customer base, and the group the MPSC is appointed to serve.

Support Fair Energy Practices!
Soulardarity, a 501c3 organization, fights for Energy Democracy in Highland Park & Detroit MI. The organization began when DTE viciously removed all street lights throughout Highland Park MI. Since then Soulardarity has gathered support by installing solar street lights, organizing policy initiatives, and advocating for fair, equitable, sustainable, clean, efficient, energy for everyone. Visit Soulardarity.com and become a member today!

Unfair Rate Hike!

December 1, 2023, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved a rate hike for DTE Energy starting December 15, 2023. This decision will significantly impact Metro-Detroiters during the holidays and throughout the harsh winter.

What You Need to Know:

Too Much Money: The approved rate hike grants DTE Energy a staggering $368,115,000 increase. This comes after the energy corporation reported a third-quarter gross profit of $1,580,000,000.

Last year, despite a request for $388,000,000, only $30,557,000 was approved. People-powered efforts reduced the increase by 90%, yet DTE will now receive almost the entirety of their original request and millions more.

We Should All Question Michigan Public Service Commission Deliberations when they favor DTE: of the commission's $34.9 million budget, all but about $3 million in federal grants is paid by assessments levied against Michigan utilities. DTE and Consumers pay 88% of that assessment, or 80% of the total commission budget.

Too Many Questions: The MPSC's Investment Recovery Mechanism (IRM), aimed to track investments in DTE Electric’s distribution system and ensure continued investment in the distribution grid to improve reliability and resilience, this won't be completed until Summer 2024. The rate hike decision comes before a full review of DTE's investments, compromising reliability and efficiency.

Too Cruel: Some of the rationale the MPSC used to justify the rate hike is to assist DTE during historic inflation. However, this prioritizes corporate interests during times of high inflation over the well-being of the people, their customer base, and the group the MPSC is appointed to serve.

Support Fair Energy Practices!
Soulardarity, a 501c3 organization, fights for Energy Democracy in Highland Park & Detroit MI. The organization began when DTE viciously removed all street lights throughout Highland Park MI. Since then Soulardarity has gathered support by installing solar street lights, organizing policy initiatives, and advocating for fair, equitable, sustainable, clean, efficient, energy for everyone. Visit Soulardarity.com and become a member today!

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Soulardarity December 11, 2023 10:19 pm

Unfair Rate Hike!

December 1, 2023, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved a rate hike for DTE Energy starting December 15, 2023. This decision will significantly impact Metro-Detroiters during the holidays and throughout the harsh winter.

What You Need to Know:

Too Much Money: The approved rate hike grants DTE Energy a staggering $368,115,000 increase. This comes after the energy corporation reported a third-quarter gross profit of $1,580,000,000. 

Last year, despite a request for $388,000,000, only $30,557,000 was approved. People-powered efforts reduced the increase by 90%, yet DTE will now receive almost the entirety of their original request and millions more.

We Should All Question Michigan Public Service Commission Deliberations when they favor DTE: of the commission's $34.9 million budget, all but about $3 million in federal grants is paid by assessments levied against Michigan utilities. DTE and Consumers pay 88% of that assessment, or 80% of the total commission budget.

Too Many Questions: The MPSC's Investment Recovery Mechanism (IRM), aimed to track investments in DTE Electric’s distribution system and ensure continued investment in the distribution grid to improve reliability and resilience, this won't be completed until Summer 2024. The rate hike decision comes before a full review of DTE's investments, compromising reliability and efficiency.

Too Cruel: Some of the rationale the MPSC used to justify the rate hike is to assist DTE during historic inflation. However, this prioritizes corporate interests during times of high inflation over the well-being of the people, their customer base, and the group the MPSC is appointed to serve.

Support Fair Energy Practices!
Soulardarity, a 501c3 organization, fights for Energy Democracy in Highland Park & Detroit MI. The organization began when DTE viciously removed all street lights throughout Highland Park MI. Since then Soulardarity has gathered support by installing solar street lights, organizing policy initiatives, and advocating for fair, equitable, sustainable, clean, efficient, energy for everyone. Visit Soulardarity.com and become a member today!

Unfair Rate Hike!

December 1, 2023, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved a rate hike for DTE Energy starting December 15, 2023. This decision will significantly impact Metro-Detroiters during the holidays and throughout the harsh winter.

What You Need to Know:

Too Much Money: The approved rate hike grants DTE Energy a staggering $368,115,000 increase. This comes after the energy corporation reported a third-quarter gross profit of $1,580,000,000.

Last year, despite a request for $388,000,000, only $30,557,000 was approved. People-powered efforts reduced the increase by 90%, yet DTE will now receive almost the entirety of their original request and millions more.

We Should All Question Michigan Public Service Commission Deliberations when they favor DTE: of the commission's $34.9 million budget, all but about $3 million in federal grants is paid by assessments levied against Michigan utilities. DTE and Consumers pay 88% of that assessment, or 80% of the total commission budget.

Too Many Questions: The MPSC's Investment Recovery Mechanism (IRM), aimed to track investments in DTE Electric’s distribution system and ensure continued investment in the distribution grid to improve reliability and resilience, this won't be completed until Summer 2024. The rate hike decision comes before a full review of DTE's investments, compromising reliability and efficiency.

Too Cruel: Some of the rationale the MPSC used to justify the rate hike is to assist DTE during historic inflation. However, this prioritizes corporate interests during times of high inflation over the well-being of the people, their customer base, and the group the MPSC is appointed to serve.

Support Fair Energy Practices!
Soulardarity, a 501c3 organization, fights for Energy Democracy in Highland Park & Detroit MI. The organization began when DTE viciously removed all street lights throughout Highland Park MI. Since then Soulardarity has gathered support by installing solar street lights, organizing policy initiatives, and advocating for fair, equitable, sustainable, clean, efficient, energy for everyone. Visit Soulardarity.com and become a member today!

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Soulardarity December 11, 2023 10:18 pm

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Support Alert 🚨

What: DTE Ratepayer Know Your Rights Clinic hosted by the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Sugar Law Center, and We the People Michigan. We will provide critical customer rights information and free mutual-aid based support for anyone needing assistance with a DTE affordability, shut offs, and outages. There will be free food, interpreters, and childcare available on site.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 6-8 PM EST

Where: 2701 S. Bagley st Detroit, MI 48126 (parking available in the building lot for seniors and folks with disabilities, additional street parking available nearby).

Who: You! Please sign up to attend using this RSVP form: secure.everyaction.com/76G7o_CGJkuybtIlOM_31A2
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Support Alert 🚨 

What: DTE Ratepayer Know Your Rights Clinic hosted by the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, Sugar Law Center, and We the People Michigan. We will provide critical customer rights information and free mutual-aid based support for anyone needing assistance with a DTE affordability, shut offs, and outages. There will be free food, interpreters, and childcare available on site.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 6-8 PM EST

Where: 2701 S. Bagley st Detroit, MI 48126 (parking available in the building lot for seniors and folks with disabilities, additional street parking available nearby).

Who: You! Please sign up to attend using this RSVP form: https://secure.everyaction.com/76G7o_CGJkuybtIlOM_31A2
3 days ago

In Response to the Presentation of Community Solar for the City of Detroit delivered last week to the Detroit City Council

The initiatives to transition towards solar energy and sustainability in Detroit represent a bold and admirable effort by the Executive Branch of the City of Detroit and the Office of Sustainability. The frequent rolling blackouts and brownouts caused by storms, extreme heat, and severe cold have transcended mere inconvenience, becoming a significant struggle. As an entrepreneur who works from home, the anxiety I experience whenever a thunderstorm is forecasted directly impacts my livelihood.

I understand that this same reality has prompted the Executive Branch to seek alternative energy sources and delivery methods for Detroit's municipal buildings. Today, I am here to plead with the city council to ensure that the development of solar energy in Detroit benefits not only municipal structures but also residents. Sharing energy resources with residents is a golden opportunity for sustained, renewable energy and cost reduction, positioning Detroit as a nationwide leader in energy democracy.

Community solar, by definition, should be solar power shared with all residents in a community, not just government structures. In the attached letter, I have included information about Solarize DC, a resident-based program implemented by the Washington DC municipal government. I urge you to examine how residents can sign up for solar energy through their local government. Additionally, my brother Chris Shorter, the former Director of Public Works in Washington DC, can facilitate impactful introductions to the DC leaders who are activating, implementing, and executing this project.

I am wishfully optimistic that community solar in Detroit will provide solar power to residents who desire it.

Solarize DC: doee.dc.gov/service/solar-district

Respectfully,

Khary Frazier
Soulardarity Communications Team
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The passage of Senate Bill 152 153 is crucial to this effort. Changing state law will allow local communities to share community solar with the public.

4 days ago

Greetings community! Check out some of the awesome events we have coming up starting with our community resource fair!

What: Community Resource Fair
When: July 20 @
Where: Avalon Village: 34-36 Avalon, Highland Park
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Soulardarity is joining one of our favorite partners – Avalon Village – in bringing resources to our community! Please come and see all different kinds of vendors that can help with health, wellness, mental health, legal, utility, housing, food security, education, & more!

Soulardarity will be there to help resource our residents in the middle of the intense
Detroit heat waves! Come visit our booth to receive resources to keep you cool in the heat, and information of how to handle
DTE when shutoffs or other issues may occur!
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Greetings community! Check out some of the awesome events we have coming up starting with our community resource fair! 

What: Community Resource Fair
When: July 20 @
Where: Avalon Village: 34-36 Avalon, Highland Park
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Soulardarity is joining one of our favorite partners – Avalon Village – in bringing resources to our community! Please come and see all different kinds of vendors that can help with health, wellness, mental health, legal, utility, housing, food security, education, & more!

Soulardarity will be there to help resource our residents in the middle of the intense
Detroit heat waves! Come visit our booth to receive resources to keep you cool in the heat, and information of how to handle
DTE when shutoffs or other issues may occur!
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Greetings community! Check out some of the awesome events we have coming up starting with our:
Community Resource Fair
July 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Soulardarity is joining one of our favorite partners – Avalon Village – in bringing resources to our community! Held at Avalon Village (34-36 Avalon, Highland Park) from 12-5pm, come and see all different kinds of vendors that can help with health, wellness, mental health, legal, utility, housing, food security, education, & more!
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Greetings community! Check out some of the awesome events we have coming up starting with our:
Community Resource Fair
July 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Soulardarity is joining one of our favorite partners – Avalon Village – in bringing resources to our community! Held at Avalon Village (34-36 Avalon, Highland Park) from 12-5pm, come and see all different kinds of vendors that can help with health, wellness, mental health, legal, utility, housing, food security, education, & more!Image attachment
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Good morning Imari! 💛

Welcome everyone! We’re glad you’re here. Share it out with a few people!

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