Electric Pricing

DTE Energy Ensures Customers Pay a Fair Price

Delivering affordable and reliable energy is our top priority.

DTE Energy is working hard to continue to lower your monthly electric service charge. Through operating efficiencies, technology and innovation, DTE Energy has controlled the rise of electric prices. On average, energy bills are the same today as they were five years ago.

DTE Energy is committed to keeping prices affordable for our customers while also making significant investments in our energy grid to upgrade infrastructure and improve electric reliability.

Operating Efficiencies

DTE Energy is a national leader in work efficiency and cost management, which means lower prices for customers like you. One of the things that sets us apart is our unique connection to the communities we serve. Our friends, families and neighbors are our customers. This connection is a powerful motivation for us to provide reliable energy supply at the lowest cost feasible.

System Upgrades

We are constantly investing in our energy system to provide safe, reliable, affordable electricity for our customers. New technologies, equipment upgrades and proactive initiatives across the 7,600-square mile electric grid reduces power outages and enables faster restoration times. Our investments resulted in 70 percent more reliable power in areas where work has already been completed. Find out how we are building a smarter power grid on our electric infrastructure upgrades page.


The price you pay for electricity at your home or business reflects the cost to build, finance, operate and maintain both the power plants that produce the energy, as well as the distribution system—overhead/underground power lines, substations and poles. Below are some key factors that impact the price of electricity.

Fuel Costs

Currently, we use low-sulfur coal, natural gas and nuclear power to generate most of the electricity you use. As the cost of coal and natural gas change, so does our cost to produce electricity. We also are the largest investor in wind and solar renewable energy in Michigan, which helps reduce our overall carbon footprint while keeping costs affordable for our customers.

Maintenance

We know how important keeping the lights on is to you. That’s why throughout the year, we maintain and make upgrades to our power plants, as well as the poles, wires and electrical equipment that make up our electrical system, to ensure safe dependable service.


One of the best ways to lower your electricity costs is to use less energy. Here are some of the ways DTE Energy can help you be more efficient with your electricity needs.*

Weather

In Michigan, weather plays a major role in how you use energy. While it does not alter the price of energy, it does impact the amount of your bill. A couple of days of extreme weather—hot or cold—can make heating and cooling equipment run longer, increasing your energy use. To learn more about how the weather can affect your energy bill, watch our "Why Is My Energy Bill So High?" video.

Energy-Saving Ideas

Visit our residential Ways to Save section to learn how you can improve energy efficiency, receive rebates and use energy management tools.

DTE Insight App

The DTE Insight App connects your smartphone to your smart meter to help you monitor and reduce your energy use. When you add the Energy Bridge, you’ll see energy usage in real-time and find even more ways to lower your bills. Download the free DTE Insight App in the App Store or Google Play today!

Cost of Electricity Use

Knowing how much electricity you use, and how much it costs, can help you lower your bill. In fact, just $1 buys enough electricity to operate these common appliances for many hours.

* Be aware that certain appliances generate more usage and can drive up costs faster than others. For example, using an electric space heater to heat your home will greatly increase your electric bill.


DTE has designed 11 pricing options to meet your individual needs including renewable and environmental alternatives. Most likely you are on the right rate. Most of our customers are on the residential electric service rate that provides the energy you need at an affordable price. Based on your needs, you may be interested in other available DTE Energy pricing options.

Electric Rate Book

DTE Electric is regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). In the Electric Rate Book the company’s rules, regulations and rates are periodically updated because of orders issued by the MPSC. There may be a time lag of up to 30 days from the date of the issuance of an order until modified tariff pages are actually filed with and approved by the MPSC and incorporated on this site.

For more information on pricing and rates, watch our animated bill video.


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