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Providing natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan's ten million residents is what Consumers Energy does. Offering a discounted charge for plug-in vehicle owners is what the company strives to do with its new nighttime rate program. Consumers Energy is introducing three rate programs that could provide a price break for plug-in vehicle owners. That is, provided that they are able and willing to charge up during off-peak (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.) hours.

Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched an intuitive plug-in rate calculator that allows current and potential electric vehicle (EV) owners to assess the costs of "fueling" battery-powered vehicles. SCE customers input information like location, daily power usage, vehicle type (i.e., plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicle), mileage and expected time of day use (on- or off-peak hours) and the Plug-in Car Rate Assistant spits out an estimated monthly charging fee. It's an easy way to get

Imagine the shock of a homeowner when they get a bill from their electric company that's twice as high as previous statements. Outrage will likely ensue as they decipher the bill and determine that one of the latest additions to their home have driven electrical costs through the roof.