We recently discussed how Michigan hit a major milestone in the road to a cleaner energy future with two local energy companies releasing their respective integrated resource plans (IRPs).
Remind Me: What is an integrated resource plan (IRP)?
These IRPs are essentially five-year plans outlining how each local energy provider intends to provide the Michigan homes, businesses, and communities it serves with reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy. If our 2016 energy law is the roadmap for local energy providers, policymakers, and regulators to plan for a brighter, cleaner energy future, then IRPs are the signposts, speed limits, construction zones, and guardrails that will help us navigate that roadmap successfully.
Each IRP takes into consideration how to leverage the right mix of renewables, energy efficiency, and cleaner 24/7 energy sources to meet Michigan’s energy needs and balance our energy goals.
What are the Highlights of the Two IRPS?
AMP will be taking a deeper dive into different aspects of both Consumers’ and DTE Energy’s IRPs over the next several weeks, but here are some of the most exciting highlights:
Together, these two IRPs represent complementary approaches that together provide a comprehensive energy strategy for Michigan. While there are differences between the two, they work together to make Michigan stronger when it comes to advancing cleaner energy in a way that works for our state’s unique geography, climate, and economy. Stay tuned as we investigate more ways these two IRPs work together to map out the next phase of Michigan’s clean energy future.