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.
We recently discussed some of the ways local energy providers work to support local communities by participating in an array of community-focused projects and initiatives. Today, we want to take some time to recognize some other ways local providers are giving back to help support everything from good old summertime fun to wildlife restoration and environmental education to economic and neighborhood development in communities across the state.
Summer is heating up—and with the higher temperatures come increased energy use and greater demand. All of these factors can have a significant impact on the rates we pay for electricity. That’s why now is a good time to take a look back at some of our previous discussions on rates and infrastructure investments.
Building a brighter, cleaner energy future for all Michiganders isn’t just an investment in upgrading our state’s energy sector or electric infrastructure. It’s an investment in jobs, in local businesses, and in our communities.