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.
The first official day of summer may not be until June 21, but for most of Michigan it sure feels like summer is already upon us. As temperatures rise, so too does our energy use as we try to beat the heat.
Responsible regulation is one of the foundational pillars of Michigan’s energy market. A well-regulated energy market is absolutely critical for Michigan. Responsible regulation helps keep energy reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean and sustainable—all while ensuring fairness for all Michigan homes and businesses.