(FOX 2) - Under rules defined by Michigan utility regulators, those who have lost power for extended periods of time are eligible for reimbursement from their power companies.
That may include some of the hundreds of thousands of households that lost power in Southeast Michigan after severe weather Monday night tore through the region. DTE had 1,800 crews out Monday morning restoring power to 265,000 customers Tuesday morning.
Outages remain a sticking issue for many residents that routinely experience loss of power after heavy storms in Michigan.
DTE held a press conference at 2:30 p.m. to provide more information on the outage which they said was due to trees on private property.
According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, residents are eligible for a $25 credit under three conditions:
- An outage of more than 120 hours under "catastrophic conditions" which include events that result in either an official state of emergency or an event that interrupts power for more than 10%of the utility
- An outage of more than 16 hours under non-catastrophic conditions
- Eight or more outages within a 12-monthperiod. Once credit is received, the 12-month period resets.
The credit requests are approved after an investigation by DTE, the utility said on its website.
According to the utility's outage map, at least 11% of the company's customers had lost power by Tuesday morning.