From assisting natural gas and electric utility customers in paying higher-than-usual energy bills, to decorating Ronald McDonald Houses for the holiday season, the energy industry has once again stepped up to the plate to spread cheer this holiday season. 

Jackson, MI-based Consumers Energy said it would provide $7.25 million to help Michiganders struggling with winter heating bills via eight nonprofit organizations. 

The goodwill comes amid potential “double-digit percent increases” in winter heating bills, Consumers Energy noted. 

“Consumers Energy understands many Michiganders are facing challenging times, and no one wants to see rising energy bills ― especially our most vulnerable customers,” said CEO Garrick Rochow. “We recognize our responsibility to help...