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Renewables Continued: Harnessing Wind for a Clean Energy Future

The 2016 energy law established a path toward a more sustainable energy future, and renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro are critical ingredients in the mix.

Local energy providers have already invested billions in renewable energy for Michigan, and have plans to integrate even more renewable energy into our all-of-the-above energy strategy in ways that keep energy both reliable and affordable.

As AMP continues exploring how Michigan is using economies of scale to bring the benefits of renewable energy to everyone, we must take a closer look at one of Michigan’s most abundant resources: Wind power.

This cornerstone resource is a valuable part of Michigan’s energy mix and is helping our state meet renewable energy goals. Those goals including increasing our renewable generation to 15% by 2021 and 35% by 2030. To meet these goals, wind energy is crucial. But wind can’t power Michigan alone. Regardless of advancements in renewable power, Michigan still needs a truly all-of-the-above energy mix.

When local energy providers produce electricity using wind, it is easier to keep it affordable, reliable and sustainable. “Michigan ranks among the top 15 states nationwide for potential for wind energy generation,” and wind integrates seamlessly into our existing electric infrastructure. Local energy providers generate enough wind energy to power nearly 500,000 homes. These numbers are only expected to rise in the years to come; a recent Department of Energy study estimates that Michigan could generate enough wind energy to power the equivalent of 710,000 homes by 2030. Bottom line: Michigan families benefit big time when local energy companies lead the charge in renewables.

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