Infrastructure Week: The ABCs of Natural Gas Energy in Michigan

It’s National Infrastructure Week, and the Alliance for Michigan Power is celebrating Michigan’s unique energy infrastructure, and what it takes to create the right energy mix to power our state.

It’s #TimeToBuild for Michigan, and natural gas is crucial to securing a reliable energy supply now and for the future.  Here’s what you should know:

A is for…

Affordable: Natural gas has become an increasingly cost-effective energy resource over the last 30 years thanks to its affordability and clean-burning capabilities. Simple supply and demand helps keep costs low—because natural gas is so abundant in Michigan, it’s considerably cheaper to harness and turn into electricity.

B is for…

Build: Michigan will soon see a new natural gas plant, but it’s not just about building new resources. The key to smart infrastructure investments is capitalizing on what our state already has. Not only do we lead the nation in underground storage capacity, natural gas integrates seamlessly with Michigan’s existing electric grid, which means we’re not abandoning resources that are still efficient and cost-effective while we continue to evolve our energy supply and reduce our carbon emissions substantially.

C is for…

Clean: Believe it or not, natural gas is a substantially cleaner alternative to coal and fuel oil—releasing approximately 50 percent less carbon dioxide than coal, and 20 to 30 percent less than oil.  It will keep energy available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, regardless of the weather while reducing our carbon emissions.

Michigan is Doing Its Homework when It Comes to Building New Energy Infrastructure

It’s #TimeToBuild, and natural gas offers one critical piece of the energy equation for Michigan for many reasons. We’re investing in new natural gas infrastructure because we’ve weighed all the options, and natural gas—along with wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear—adds up to a smart, all-of-the-above solution for meeting all of Michigan’s energy needs: It’s reliable, efficient, and cost-effective.

Learn more here. And be sure to watch for more Infrastructure Week content later this week as we look more closely at how Michigan is making smart investments in renewable energy alongside natural gas.