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Alternative energy suppliers gain traction in Michigan

Michigan has become the latest hotspot for new potential energy deregulation, with a recent report highlighting the steady increases residential and business electricity customers have had to pay for power.

Now, the demand for alternative energy suppliers, which are already thriving in deregulated states, appears to be growing in the Great Lakes State.

Glacial Energy Now, one of the fastest-growing alternative energy suppliers in the country, announced on September 10 that it would be offering residential enrollment for natural gas use in Michigan. Customers of Consumers Energy and Mich Con will now have the opportunity to switch energy providers to Glacial Energy, where prices can be locked in for 12 months.

"Glacial Energy is pleased to now offer natural gas as well as electric service to Michigan residential customers;" said Terry Hart, Glacial Energy's senior vice president for Michigan. "Glacial Energy will provide Michigan customers a cost competitive alternative to standard service."

According to the report on Michigan's electricity rates, Michigan residents paid 13.48 cents per kilowatt-hour in January 2012, compared with 12.11 cents per kilowatt-hour in January 2011.