Utilities

The City of Harbor Springs currently services electricity to over 3,600 residential, commercial and industrial customers, water to over 1,336 customers, and sewer to over 1,078 customers.

To start, stop, change your mailing address, update your contact number, or have questions regarding your bill, please contact Tina Honeysette at 231-526-0602.
Change of Address/Update Contact Information Online Form

The City reads its utility meters on the third week of each month, and bills for utilities on the last week of each month based on actual usage.

The City offers an Automatic Payment Plan through and ACH process. The utility customer still receives a monthly billing so that the amount to be deducted is communicated to the customer. The City also offers an Equal Payment billing. The Equal Payment billing is an amount equal to one eleventh of the estimated annual billing. The twelfth month is a reconciling month which either bills an amount owed from under billing during the year or a credit which is the amount over billed during the year.

Net Metering 

The City now allows Harbor Springs Electric customers who have (or want) solar panels, geothermal or other renewable energy generator systems on their properties to connect to the City’s grid. Net metering gives customers the opportunity to offset a substantial portion of the cost of power drawn from the City’s utility. The City is currently only allowing customers to install generating equipment that is not expected to exceed the annual peak demand of the load that the customer is off-setting (averaged over the previous five years), or a total output of 20 kW, whichever is smaller. The customer will be compensated at retail rate for any excess energy generated, which is to be reflected on the next month’s bill. For more information, please contact the City Manager or the Electric Department Superintendent.

All customers seeking to net meter will be required to first consult with the Electric Department Superintendent and complete and sign the Renewable Energy Generator Metering Agreement and Renewable Energy Generator Interconnection Requirements and Application. The program size is currently capped at 4% of the peak load averaged over the previous five years. The City will honor requests for interconnection on a “first come, first-serve” basis. 

Voluntary Green Pricing (VGP) Program

Over 10% of the energy provided to City of Harbor Springs Electric customers is generated from renewable sources.  Customers may elect to pay an added charge and receive a higher percentage of power from renewable sources. Those customers who choose to have 50% or more of their energy come from renewable sources do not have to pay the monthly energy optimization plan surcharge. To learn more about the City’s VGP program, read our VGP Brochure. To sign up for the VGP program, click on the appropriate link below and submit your information:

Residential Customers

Commercial (Business) Customers

For questions on the City’s renewable energy offerings, please contact the City Manager.

 

Electric, Water, Sewer, Streets, Parks and Facility Maintenance

The City of Harbor Springs Electric Department and Department of Public Works are located at:

204 E. Fairview, Harbor Springs, Michigan

 

Electric Department

Contact:  Electric Department Superintendent, Dennis Kruzel
Phone: (231) 526-2122
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
After Hours Emergency Phone: (231) 526-2091

Department of Public Works

Contact:  DPW Director, Lucas VanderZee
Phone:  (231) 526-0604
Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
After Hours Emergency Phone: (231) 526-2091

Please note – Utility Payments are not accepted at the DPW or Electric Department Building

Click here to access additional DPW Services information
Click here to access Water Quality Reports

Utility Forms and Information

Utility Bill AutoPay – ACH Dbit Authorization Form
Application for Utility Services
Utility Rates
Utility Fees and Charges