Electric Pricing Options

Pricing options that fit your lifestyle and your budget.

Choose from a wide range of pricing options and find the right solution based on your budget, lifestyle and energy needs.

Power Supply and Delivery surcharges explained:

  • Power Supply: This charge includes costs associated with generating the electricity and moving it through high voltage transmission lines. The rates you pay for Power Supply are directly related to the amount of electricity you use, which is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). Usage above an average of 17 kWh per day is charged a higher power supply rate.
  • Delivery: This charge has two main components. The first is a fixed price of $7.50 per month, which covers costs associated with metering and billing. The second is a Distribution Charge that varies based on the amount of kWh you use. It covers the cost to deliver the electricity we generate through our power lines to your home.
Our residential Time-Of-Day Electric Rate may help you reduce your overall energy costs. You can save money and energy by shifting some of your electricity usage to off-peak hours—early mornings, evenings and weekends.

 

Here's how it works

This special rate is available to residential customers who choose to have their energy usage metered based on our On- and Off-Peak hours.

On-peak hours:  11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Off-peak hours:  7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Maximize Your Time-Of-Day Rate

Here are some tips to help you save energy and money:

  • Request a DTE Energy Bridge to discover sources of your energy waste in real time.
  • Operate your dishwasher and your laundry appliances after 7 p.m. or on the weekends.
  • Turn off lights and electronics, such as TVs and computer equipment when you're not using them, especially during peak hours.
  • Increase the temperature of your home on workdays during the summer.
  • Shower or bathe between 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. if you have an electric water heater.
  • Monitor your energy use with the DTE Insight App to understand when you use the most energy, and to plan your usage patterns accordingly.
To learn more about our Time-Of-Day Electric Rate, or to enroll, simply call 800.477.4747. Please note that a 12-month commitment is required to select this rate.
Off-Peak Times

Electricity costs are the lowest during Off-Peak weekday hours (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), plus all day on Saturday, Sunday and designated holidays.*

Mid-Peak Times

During Mid-Peak weekday hours (7 a.m. to 3 pm. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.), electricity costs are similar to the amount customers on our Standard Residential Electric Rate pay.

On-Peak Times

Electricity usage costs more during On-Peak hours or times when the demand for energy is greatest (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

Critical Peak Events

During times of high demand for electricity, including a summer heat wave, a Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) event may be declared. During such an event, the cost of electricity rises to 95¢ per kWh.

You will be notified when a CPP event will occur. These events will only occur on weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are limited to a maximum of 14 occurrences (56 hours) per calendar year.

Three key actions you can take to save during Critical Peak Events:
  • Pre-cool your home. During summer months, take advantage of Off-and Mid-Peak times by running your air conditioner before 3 p.m. and allow the temperature to rise during On-Peak times. Be sure to close your blinds and drapes- especially during sunny days.
  • Shift activities like doing your laundry and running your dishwasher to Off-Peak times and on the weekend. The more electricity usage you shift to Off-Peak times, the more money you can save!
  • Avoid or minimize the use of your appliances and electronics with large energy needs during On-Peak times. Unplug charges and use smart strips to complete power down TVs and other electronics.
  • Be sure to keep your notification preferences up-to-date to ensure you receive your day-ahead notification. To update your contact information, please call 855.836.6707. 

    For an easy way to track and manage how your household uses energy, download the free DTE Insight App with an Apple or Android device. Learn more about the DTE Insight App.

    To enroll in the Dynamic Peak Pricing Rate program, call 855.836.6707 today.

    Please note that as part of the Dynamic Peak Pricing Rate enrollment agreement, you must remain on the rate for 12 months.

    *Designated holidays:
    New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

The Time-of-Day option offers a lower energy price during Off-Peak hours, 16 hours on weekdays and all weekend hours. You save when you shift most of your energy use to Off-Peak Hours instead of higher rate, On-Peak hours (Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m).

It's important to note that the Geothermal Rate is seasonal. This means the price you pay during the summer (June through September) is different than the price during the winter (October through May). The rate structure translates into an average of 25% less when compared to the standard residential rate and an average of 35% less when compared to the general business rate.

Geothermal Benefits

Economical
Everyday, geothermal systems save home and business owners 30 to 60 percent on their heating or cooling costs.

Environmentally friendly
No fuel, no emissions. Take advantage of the organic energy stored in the earth.

Value
Not only does a geothermal system assist with heating and cooling, it also contributes to water heating.

Efficient
Geothermal systems are as much as four times more efficient than conventional systems.

To enroll in the Geothermal Rates: 

  • Begin the process by emailing nbrequest@dteenergy.com to verify that your geothermal equipment is compatible with our program. If not, other equipment may need to be installed.
  • Have wiring installed by a licensed, independent electrical contractor to accommodate a separate D1.7 geothermal advanced meter. 

Find a local contractor for geothermal installations nearest you at Michigan Geothermal Energy Association or visit our Geothermal webpage to learn more. 

To qualify for a Geothermal Rate, your home or business must have a geothermal ground source heat pump system. A split system with a natural gas, propane or oil booster is also eligible if the geothermal heat pump is designed to operate at least 80 percent of the time.

Note: Air source heat pumps do not qualify for this program. However, you may qualify for another rate plan, such as the D1.1 CoolCurrents® rate. 

 

If you use a central air conditioner or air source heat pump, then you're eligible for CoolCurrents® our interruptible air conditioning rate designed to help reduce your summer energy bills and keep you feeling cool and comfortable.

Here's how it works

Getting started is easy. First, you'll need to hire an electrician to wire your central air conditioner or air source heat pump for a separate smart meter. See the CoolCurrents FAQs for details. Next, call us at 800.477.4747 to schedule installation of a smart meter and a small device to control your air conditioning.

On select summer days, DTE will briefly interrupt your air conditioning in 15-minute intervals by sending a signal to the device. Your air conditioning cycling will be limited to no more than eight hours in a 24-hour period and no more than 30 minutes per hour. You'll know that your service has been interrupted when the red light on your device is lit.

CoolCurrents has a monthly service charge of $1.95 from June through October (regardless of usage). However, this special rate program can help participating customers lower their air conditioning bill.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps qualify for the D1.1 CoolCurrents® rate, helping you to save even more. They use electricity to transfer energy between indoor and outdoor air. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, these systems consume far less electricity than electric furnaces, baseboard heaters or space heaters.

DTE Energy does not sell or install air source heat pump systems. Visit our Energy Efficiency Directory to find a contractor near you. Select "Heat Pump Replacement" to find contractors that sell and install air source heat pumps.

Help us help your community

By enrolling in CoolCurrents, you'll help us provide more reliable service to all customers on days when the demand for electricity is high.

CoolCurrents Load Control Device Upgrade Program

We're replacing the current Radio Control Units (RCUs) with new, state of the art equipment called Load Control Devices (LCDs). The new LCD will be approximately the same size as the current device and will provide increased functionality. See the CoolCurrents FAQs for more information, including customer qualification requirements.

 

SmartCurrents helps lower your electricity bill by combining the benefits of a smart thermostat with a dynamic electric rate. The thermostat and electric rate work together automatically to help you save on heating and cooling costs. We offer this program to help our customers save energy and money, and to reduce electric load on the grid when demand is very high.

 

How it works
  • Get a free ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat - $169 value. Install this Wi-Fi enabled thermostat yourself in as little as 15 minutes, or receive free, in-person installation from a professional.
  • Receive the Dynamic Peak Pricing rate.  On this rate, the cost of electricity varies by time of day, with Off-Peak hours at night and on weekends costing half as much as the standard rate.
  • Enjoy new ways to save on electricity costs:
Shift energy use to Off-Peak times. Use large electric appliances, like the washing machine and dishwasher, during the hours when electricity rates are lowest. Weekends are a great time to catch up on these household chores.

Save automatically. During Critical Peak hours, your thermostat will increase the temperature by 4 degrees to help you save on A/C costs. You can always adjust your thermostat during these events.

 


SmartCurrents participants have the Dynamic Peak Pricing rate. Shifting your energy use to Off-Peak hours whenever possible could help lower your electricity costs.

Questions?
Check out our FAQs or call our hotline at 888.871.0348.

Want to enroll in this rate plan without joining SmartCurrents?
Call us at 888.871.0348 to learn more about signing up for our Dynamic Peak Pricing rate.

Driving an EV helps make Michigan a cleaner and greener place to live. Our special Plug-in EV Rate helps make owning an EV even more affordable. 

To qualify for this rate, an additional meter will need to be installed at your home. Dedicated solely to your EV charger, this meter will allow you to take advantage of reduced energy costs Monday through Friday from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., and all weekend.

Our Plug-in EV Rate plan is beneficial if your home's current electrical panel does not have capacity for the additional load required by a Level 2 charger. Please note that this plan is typically not beneficial for those with a Level 1 charger.

If you would like to switch to our EV Rate plan, or if you want to learn more about it, please contact us at 734.213.9877.

Rooftop solar or private generation for a cleaner and greener Michigan. 

We offer a variety of renewable energy initiatives including the following rate options for customers with rooftop solar or private generation:

  • Distributed Generation Program Rider No. 18 - Applies to all customers who generate some or all their own electricity with an eligible electric generator using a renewable energy resource and who submitted interconnection applications after May 9, 2019 with projects no larger than 150 kW. Methane digester generation projects as large as 550 kW may participate.
  • Distributed Generation Rider No. 14 - Available to residential and commercial customers with onsite-distributed generation of no more than 100 kW who wish to operate in parallel with the DTE Electric system.
  • Small Power-Producing Facilities Standard Contract Rider No. 6 - Available to most customers, including residential customers, who develop small power-producing facilities and sell electricity to DTE Electric. To qualify for this rider, the customer must obtain qualifying status from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Net Metering Rider No.16 - We are no longer enrolling customers for the Net Metering program as of May 9, 2019. By law, current Net Metering customers will remain in this program for ten years from the date of their property's initial enrollment and will be transitioned to the Distributed Generation Program Rider No. 18 upon reaching their service anniversary.

For more information, please see Rooftop Solar and Private Generation.

Our Outdoor Protective Lighting Rate is a supplemental rate that is used for security lighting. After you enroll in this program, we'll install lighting where service is already available in order to illuminate a designated portion of your private property.

You qualify for this rate if you are currently using electric service under one of our standard metered rates.

Please note:

  • We install, own, operate and maintain the lighting.
  • Your contract is for five years of service. If you terminate early, the remaining balance of the contract is due.
  • Your dusk to dawn service is controlled by photo-sensitive devices that provide service all night, every night (approximately 4,200 hours per year).

For more information, please see Outdoor Lighting.

Our Water Heating Service Rate can help you save on the water-heating portion of your electric bill by allowing us to temporarily interrupt electricity to your water heater for up to four hours per day. This short interruption helps us provide you with affordable, reliable service throughout the year.

To qualify for this special rate, you must have a separately metered circuit to which no other load except water heating can be connected. Additional requirements/details include:

  • A licensed electrician will need to supply and install the necessary meter enclosure, an AC-10 box, wiring, and any other necessary equipment. You may need to receive approval of inspection for the electrical work from your city. Upon completion of the work, DTE will install a separate advanced meter and Load Control Device.
  • The cost to install the equipment necessary to separately meter the water heater usage will be billed to you by your licensed electrician.
  • Once all your water heating wiring is complete, please call us at 800.477.4747 to schedule the installation of the advanced meter.

By installing a qualifying smart thermostat, you can save money while helping us reduce strain on the electric grid.

Here's how Smart Savers works:

  • Participation is risk-free and you'll always have ultimate control.
  • By enrolling, you'll allow us to make brief, limited adjustments to your Wi-Fi thermostat during times of peak summer electric demand (until October 1st).
  • Adjustment will never be more than 4 degrees above your current temperature and for no more than 4 hours.
  • We will notify you a day before each event starts.
  • You can opt out of thermostat adjustment events at any time from your mobile device, web browser or thermostat.

Eligibility Requirements:

You qualify for this program if you have central air conditioning, connected in-home Wi-Fi and AMI metering installed at your service address. If you have a second separately metered service, like the Interruptible Air Conditioning rate, you are not eligible for this program.

Let's make saving energy a group effort

More and more customers like you are enrolling in the DTE Smart Savers program and working together to reduce energy demand. The program can help you save energy and money without sacrificing comfort, and you'll also help DTE keep electric costs down for all customers in your community.

When you enroll in Smart Savers, you'll receive a $20 gift card annually in October, and you'll be entered for a chance to win one of 10 $500 e-gift cards from DTE.


Learn more about our Smart Savers program by checking out our FAQs page or contact us at dte@energyhub.com.

 

As of December 17, 2015, if you are 65 or older and are designated as head of household, you are eligible for a $3.75 monthly credit under the Residential Electric Service Rate.

The Senior Citizen Credit saves you $45.00 per year. It's reserved for seniors and there is no kWh usage requirement to qualify.

Registering for the Senior Citizen Credit is easy. Just call 800.477.4747 .

For information on low income programs visit the Billing and Payment section.

Want to learn more about lowering your energy bills?

Check out our Ways to Save, download the DTE Insight App and visit our Save Money & Energy section.

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