Tuesday, November 01, 2011

‘Occupy Detroit’ Protests DTE Rate Increase

From CBS Detroit

DETROIT (WWJ) – About 100 Occupy Detroit protesters marched on DTE Energy headquarters in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, arguing against a recent rate increase.Among them was Michael Shallal.
“You can look at how much the CEO’s get paid, and the fact that they’re cutting off anybody’s heat in the winter is appalling,” Shallal told WWJ Newsradio 950, adding that the group is also unhappy with DTE’s use of coal and “dirty energy.”

DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simon says the utility goes out of its way to help people who are having problems paying their energy bills.
“We have a variety of payment programs for customers who struggle to pay their bills,” Simon said. “We’re sponsoring energy assistance events to connect people with available funding.”
The Sierra Club and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization also participated in Tuesday’s march.

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