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Flexible Energy Generation

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.


Flexible Energy Generation

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.

The Changing Face of Michigan’s Energy Mix

Consider how much things have already changed with Michigan’s energy mix. From 2009 – 2017 alone:

  • Energy derived from natural gas and renewable sources more than doubled
  • Energy from coal-fired power plants dropped nearly 30 percent
  • Nuclear power’s share of Michigan energy increased by 10 percent

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.

Natural Gas

Building a cleaner energy supply is critically important—and so is keeping energy reliable and affordable for all Michiganders. Drawing on our diverse mix of clean and renewable energy sources will allow us to accomplish all of these goals.

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Universal Solar

Universal solar projects generate power on a much larger scale than private solar panels, providing a more cost-effective, practical, and environmentally friendly way to deliver solar power to more Michigan communities.

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Wind Power

Energy from wind power has been an important part of Michigan’s energy mix for quite some time. It will become a more important part of Michigan’s “all-of-the-above” approach to energy as prices continue to fall and reliability continues to rise.

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Nuclear

Nuclear energy already provides a steady, safe flow of energy to thousands of businesses and households in our state. Our state’s nuclear energy capabilities offer Michigan added flexibility as we transform both how we produce and how we use energy day to day.

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