Every day, Michigan energy reliably reaches millions of households and more than 200,000 businesses across the state thanks to sensible long-term investments in our power grid.
Michigan generates electricity at more than 250 power plants statewide. These power plants are a diverse mix of natural gas, nuclear and renewables like wind, solar, and hydro. Electricity generated from these plants is distributed by a vast network of transmission lines, towers, poles, stations, and substations that crisscross the state. Together, these power plants and distribution assets make up a reliable grid that powers Michigan’s homes and businesses.
Sometimes, as Michiganders know, we can experience service interruptions. Severe storms—accompanied by falling trees and limbs—are the leading cause of outages. Fortunately, investments in grid resilience, our diverse mix of energy sources, and smart energy policies will continue to help make electricity even more reliable as we move toward a carbon neutral future. A strong, resilient, technology-driven grid will make Michigan households and businesses more secure, and limit power disruptions.
Challenges and Changes to Michigan Energy
Delivering energy to millions of customers requires ongoing maintenance and improvements to the state’s power grid, including both generation and distribution. In other words, operating the grid—and keeping power reliably flowing—is an ongoing journey, requiring smart investments, hard work, and the support of customers.
Four key factors are driving the need for new investments in grid modernization and resiliency:
Investing in Grid Resiliency and Improvements
Michigan’s local energy providers have committed to making substantial investments in our state’s electric grid. Last year, DTE Energy announced that it would invest $7 billion on grid upgrades and resiliency measures over the next five years. Consumers Energy also plans to make major investments in grid improvements and maintenance.
Both Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are now participating in the integrated resource plan (IRP) process with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), which will significantly shape grid investments in the coming years.
Innovation will be at the heart of many grid improvements, both for generation and distribution. A range of technologies, such as smart meters, sensors, battery storage, and other equipment, will make the grid more reliable and help consumers save energy. New technologies can help rapidly identify the source of outages—and even reroute electricity to limit the impact of a disruption. On the generation side, technology will able energy provider to ramp energy production up and down for greater efficiency and reliability.
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