Energy companies across Michigan are working to improve our electric grid to keep energy reliable, affordable, and sustainable for the long term, and to support a strong economy, job growth, and vibrant communities across our state.
Our grid is a critical but often overlooked aspect of Michigan’s infrastructure. More than just wires delivering energy to your home or business, our electric infrastructure also includes generating plants that produce power, transmission lines that carry this power to demand centers, substation transformers that convert this high-voltage electricity to low voltage for distribution, and distribution lines that bring this low voltage power to consumers.
All of these pieces of Michigan’s current electric infrastructure need maintenance and improvement. However, the way we consume energy today and the quality of energy we consume has changed how we need to approach updating our state’s energy infrastructure. Technologies we have relied on in the past cannot fully support the way we need to produce and deliver energy now and in the future.
Michigan needs to invest in a next-generation electric grid to make our grid harder, stronger, more efficient, and more secure.
WHAT DOES THE NEXT-GENERATION ELECTRIC GRID LOOK LIKE?
The next-generation electric grid will be more than a simple upgrade of what we already have. Investing in hardening and strengthening our grid — the backbone of our electric system — will be critical to integrating renewable energy in a cost-effective way, giving consumers greater transparency into and control over their energy costs, increasing our energy efficiency, making our grid more resilient against outages, and ensuring safe and reliable energy for all Michiganders.
Grid improvements can be made at every step of the process: energy production, transmission, communication, and consumption.
SMART GRID, INTELLIGENT CHOICES
We must invest in our electrical infrastructure in Michigan; what we have now is aging and does not fully support how we consume energy now compared to how we consumed it 20 or 30 years ago. The only question is whether we will choose to invest for the long term. Along with renewable and clean energy development and restoring our state’s diminishing electric generation capacity, a next-generation electric grid is key to ensuring Michigan creates a secure energy future.
The investments we make today will pay returns for decades to come, opening up possibilities we couldn’t imagine a generation ago. Michigan’s 21st century electric grid will offer more capacity, reliability, and flexibility for energy providers and consumers alike.
To learn more about the smart grid and what it can do for you, visit the AMP site.