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Going Green all Year Long—and Long into the Future

Going green isn’t just for Earth Day—it’s something Michigan’s local energy providers have been doing for years.

Michigan is on track to continue increasing clean energy, renewables, and energy efficiency for years to come— all while keeping energy reliable and affordable for Michigan homes and businesses.  That’s thanks in large part to the continued coordination between local providers, consumers, policymakers, and regulators.

Here’s how DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are making Michigan’s energy greener, today and for the future.

DTE Energy Goes Green

 Michigan’s largest renewable energy provider

Will produce enough renewable energy to power more than 800,000 homes by 2022[1]

All customers receive 12.5% of their energy from renewable sources

Invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy assets since 2008 and expects to invest another $2 billion over the next five years[2],[3]

MIGreenPower, a voluntary program, lets customers receive 17.5 to 100% of their energy from renewable resources

Committed to a 1.75% annual energy efficiency improvement — 75% more than required by law

Operates 31 solar arrays and will increase them 25% over the next five years[4]

Operates 14 wind parks and commissioning another this year

Building the Blue Water Energy Center, powering 850,000 homes and reducing CO2 emissions from the coal plants it replaces by 70%[5]

Together with Consumers Energy, upgraded the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant —generating hydropower for 1.65 million residential customers

Charging Forward offers charger rebates and raises awareness of electric vehicle benefits

[1] https://www.windpowerengineering.com/pine-river-wind-begins-commercial-operation-in-michigan/
[2]https://www.google.com/search?q=dte+how+much+renewables&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS860US861&oq=dte+how+much+renewables&aqs=chrome..69i57.5649j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
[3] https://www.utilitydive.com/news/michigan-approves-455-mw-dte-wind-power-purchase/559204/
[4] https://www.newlook.dteenergy.com/wps/wcm/connect/dte-web/home/community-and-news/common/renewable-energy/solar-energy
[5] https://empoweringmichigan.com/bluewater/

 

DTE Energy’s Planning for a Greener Future

50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030

11.5 million solar panels by 2040

4 times more renewable energy by 2040

80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2040

Retirement of all coal plants by 2040

Net zero carbon emissions by 2050

 

Consumers Energy Goes Green

More than 10% of energy is from renewable resources

Provides more than 1,000 megawatts of clean energy[1]

Generates solar power for 800+ homes at two Solar Gardens—where customers invest in universal solar in exchange for credit on their   bills—and a third one is underway

Owns and operates the 100-megawatt Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington and the Cross Winds Energy Park in the Thumb region

Building Gratiot Wind Farm, with 60 turbines generating 150 megawatts of wind energy

Creating a first-of-its-kind energy-efficient, green community at Circuit West in Grand Rapids

Together with DTE Energy, upgraded the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant—generating hydropower for 1.65 million residential customers

Has reduced carbon intensity by 38% and water usage by 35%[2]

Adding 550 megawatts of wind energy and more than 6,000 megawatts of solar energy throughout the 2020s[3]

PowerMIDrive offers electric vehicle charger rebates and increases charging capacity[4]

 

Consumers Energy’s Planning for a Greener Future

Reducing demand through energy waste reduction, battery storage, grid modernization tools, and voluntarily peak-energy reduction

42% power capacity from renewables by 2030

56% power capacity from renewables by 2040

90% clean energy resources by 2040

Retirement of all coal plants by 2040

Net zero carbon emissions by 2040

 

Through these combined investments and initiatives, local energy providers are helping plan for a cleaner—and greener—energy future that benefits all Michiganders. All it takes is the right mix of energy resources, forward-thinking policies, and investments in our local energy infrastructure.

[1] https://www.consumersenergy.com/community/sustainability/energy-mix/renewables
[2] https://www.cmsenergy.com/investor-relations/news-releases/news-release-details/2018/Consumers-Energy-Announces-Clean-Energy-Breakthrough-Goal-80-Percent-Reduction-in-Carbon-Emissions-Zero-Coal-by-2040/default.aspx
[3] https://www.consumersenergy.com/-/media/CE/Documents/sustainability/integrated-resource-plan-summary.ashx?la=en&hash=9F602E19FE385367FA25C66B6779532142CBD374
[4] https://www.consumersenergy.com/news-releases/news-release-details/2019/05/29/consumers-energy-launches-new-electric-vehicle-charging-and-customer-rebate-program