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Consumers Energy loses round in court over refund

CMS - Consumers Energy headquarters in Jackson, Michigan
(photo by Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio)
CMS - Consumers Energy headquarters in Jackson, Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected an effort by Jackson-based Consumers Energy to reverse a state order that it repay $85 million to its customers.     

Consumers Energy’s customers are not getting any new money back from the utility.   Consumers already repaid the $85 Million a year ago.  

But the legal fight over the state’s order has continued since then.  

The case involved money collected by the utility to decommission the old Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant.   

The Michigan Public Service Commissiondecided Consumers had collected more money than it needed to decommission the old nuclear plant.    

This week’s decision by the Court of Appeals rejected Consumers arguments that it was entitled to the funds. 

A spokeswoman for the MPSC says the utility regulators are pleased with the decision.  

A Consumers spokesman says the company’s lawyers are still reviewing the decision, but appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court remains an option. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.