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Electric Department
Phone: 231-547-3273 |
Mailing Address: 210 State Street
Office Location: 401 West Carpenter

Don Swem, City Engineer

The City of Charlevoix Electric System serves about 4,500 customers in the City and surrounding townships including parts of Charlevoix, Eveline, Hayes, and Marion Townships. The system consists of two substations with roughly 2,000 power poles and well over 50 miles of electric wires. The City owns a small portion of the Belle River Coal Plant with Detroit Edison, a small portion of the Campbell Coal Plant with Consumers Energy, a small portion of a Natural Gas Turbine Plant in Kalkaska, a small portion of a Combined Cycle Natural Gas Plant in Ohio, and gets its remaining power from various forward purchases and daily purchases off the market.  All of our purchases are through the Michigan Public Power Agency in Lansing.

Direct Payment of Utility Bills
Service Call Phone Numbers for Utilities
Utility Bill Power Cost Adjustment PCA
General Shut Off Rules for Electric Service

  • There are three special publications available full of articles on energy efficiency in the home.  They are available for the Kitchen, for Lighting, and for HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning).

CFL / CFL Recycling
As part of the effort to reduce customer electric usage, the City of Charlevoix Electric Department is periodically giving away free CFL and LED Bulbs on a first come, first served basis.  Keep an eye out for advertisements or notes on your utility bills as to when the next give-away will be.

The City is also accepting burned out CFL Bulbs for recycling.  Bring in your burned out CFL Bulbs to City Hall and hand them to the clerk for recycling.  Only intact bulbs are accepted, no broken bulbs.

Energy Optimization Program for Residential Customers
As part of the Energy Optimization Plan the City of Charlevoix Electric Department is now offering various rebates.  The City is offering a $60 rebate to recycle older refrigerators or freezers. The unit must be clean, in working condition, and between 10 to 30 cubic feet. This program is limited while funding lasts, so register soon.  We are also offering rebates for certain types of Central Air Conditioning, Furnace Upgrades and ENERGY STAR® Qualified Appliances.  Click below for details and necessary forms:

Energy Optimization Program for Commercial & Industrial Customers
“As part of the Energy Optimization Program, the City of Charlevoix is offering incentives for energy savings for interested commercial and industrial customers of the City of Charlevoix Electric System. This means that area businesses can be eligible for various rebates for changes to lighting, HVAC, refrigeration units, and any other projects that increase energy efficiency. These rebates are available only on a first come first served basis as funds are limited each year.

The companies on the attached list have registered with the City to partner with area businesses to work on these projects and fill out the necessary forms to apply for these rebates. For further information please contact the following businesses or go to the following website:


Public Act 295 requires that the annual reports for the Energy Optimization Plan and for the Renewable Energy Plan be posted on this website. Click on the following links to review the plan.

2014 Annual Report for the Energy Optimization Plan

2014 Annual Report for the Renewable Energy Plan

The Michigan Public Service Commission requires that both of these plans be reviewed/updated periodically.  Biennial Reviews for both plans can be found at the links below.

2015 Biennial Review of the Energy Optimization Plan

2015 Biennial Review of Renewable Energy Plan




Although the City of Charlevoix website is updated frequently, it may not be as current as information available at City Hall.  Information contained in the City Code section is intended for reference only and should be verified by calling the Clerk’s office at (231) 547-3250 or the City Manager’s office at (231) 547-3270.

The City of Charlevoix | 210 State Street | Charlevoix, MI 49720 | Phone: 231-547-3270 | Fax: 231-547-3617
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