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.
There could be good news ahead for Michigan energy consumers. We’ve already experienced the first taste of winter, but more moderate temperatures are forecast to return and—best of all—natural gas costs are predicted to fall once again this year, just as they have since 2008.
You’ve probably heard that DTE has raised eyebrows across Michigan and the entire country by announcing an ambitious new plan. DTE is going beyond its commitment of 80% carbon reduction to a new goal of reaching for “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050.
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.