Michigan benefits when we invest in and maintain a diverse, flexible array of energy sources that ensures we can produce the energy we need, when we need it.
Our state’s energy mix fluctuates based on many factors, from the demand on the grid at a particular time to the weather, the time of day, and the cost of various energy sources. That means the way we generate power—and the blend of resources we use to ensure a reliable supply of energy—must remain flexible and nimble.
Michigan’s energy mix has grown and changed a lot over the years—and it will continue to evolve in the years to come. Expanding and diversifying our state’s energy mix will ensure Michigan has the flexibility to adapt our energy strategy as technologies, markets, and the way we use energy also continue to evolve.
Michigan’s fuel mix is already stronger and more diverse than ever. That’s good news for Michigan’s energy future, and we believe Michigan needs to continue on a path to truly flexible energy generation.
Consider how much things have already changed with Michigan’s energy mix. From 2009 – 2017 alone:
These kinds of changes will accelerate as our state—and the entire Midwest region—continues to replace our coal-fired power plants with cleaner energy sources, including natural gas, nuclear power, and renewables like solar, wind, and hydro power.
Local Michigan energy companies are continuing to diversify our all-of-the-above energy mix. As coal-fired plants continue to close their doors, Michigan and our Midwestern neighbors are capitalizing on innovative ways to prevent a potential energy deficit. Natural gas is an affordable, reliable and cleaner way to provide the energy our state needs to operate. How are we harnessing the power of natural gas? The NEXUS pipeline is playing a big role!
Investing in an all-of-the-above energy strategy means investing in Michigan’s energy future. Natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and nuclear all work together in different ways to support Michigan’s energy needs.
States like Michigan that use a variety of energy sources are best positioned to meet these goals.