The residential cost of electricity in Michigan has jumped from 8.26 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2001 to 15.3 cents in 2016. That’s in part because Michigan has been shutting down less expensive coal plants and been moving toward renewable forms of energy that are more expensive, specifically solar and wind power.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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