Through the Michigan Public Power Agency, a consortium of 17 of the State's 41 cities and villages that own and operate electric utilities, the City in 2012 purchased 111,362,905 kilowatts of electricity for $7,281,005 and received $10,579,229 in revenues from its resale. Operating and capital expenses in 2012 totaled $12,179,433. The City serves about 5,279 electric customers and owns entitlements to portions of power-generating plants near Kalkaska, West Olive, Saint Claire, and Fremont, Ohio. The City owns three substations and approximately 65 miles of a complete distribution system, including facilities at the adjacent Bay View Association grounds and elsewhere outside the City, more than nearly half of which has been installed underground.
The City of Petoskey Energy Smart programs offer Petoskey electric customers incentives for replacing inefficient electrical devices with newer, high efficiency units. Residential, commercial, and industrial users can all save by utilizing these incentives and installing higher efficiency electrical appliances, lights, and fixtures.