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Understanding Net Zero: How Local Energy Providers Plan to Reach It

Michigan’s local energy providers are on the forefront of reaching net zero — which means entirely eliminating the impact of carbon emissions created by the electricity they generate or purchase for customers.[i] And these are their plans for achieving it.

Consumers Energy’s Net Zero Plan

Consumers Energy’s plan to reach net zero emissions by 2040 takes a multi-faceted approach. It includes:

To meet renewable targets of 42% by 2030 and 56% by 2040, Consumers Energy has committed to adding 550 megawatts of additional wind generation and 6,000 megawatts of solar energy.[iii]

Some of Consumers Energy’s more creative solutions will help manage demand, keep costs low, and optimize the power grid. For instance, its MI Drive program increases the charging capability of electric vehicles, makes charging them easier, and helps improve the grid.

Consumers Energy expects to avoid the need to build three new power plants by engaging residential and commercial consumers.[iv] Its Solar Gardens program, as an example, lets customers invest in solar in exchange for credit on their energy bill.

See Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan to learn more.

DTE Energy’s Path to Net Zero

DTE Energy has a comprehensive plan to reduce emissions and reach net zero in the coming decades. That plan includes:

To date, DTE Energy has invested $2.9 billion in Michigan-made renewables and expects to double that in the next five years.

DTE Energy is also working with customers to prevent energy waste and increase efficiency through voluntary programs, rebates, and incentives. And it is empowering consumers to increase their use of clean, renewable energy through programs like MIGreenPower.

The local energy provider is also helping the auto industry reduce tailpipe emissions by working with suppliers to build electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and encouraging EV sales through charging station incentives.

See DTE Energy’s road map to net zero to learn more.

 

[i] https://www.consumersenergy.com/-/media/CE/Documents/renewables/net-zero-faq.ashx?la=en&hash=DF9241FCF6ED6E7D874393533FF59800

[ii] https://www.utilitydive.com/news/consumers-energy-talks-tree-planting-carbon-capture-innovation-with-net-z/572996/

[iii] https://www.consumersenergy.com/community/sustainability/energy-mix/renewables/integrated-resource-plan?utm_campaign=sustainability&utm_medium=vanity-url&utm_source=micleanenergy&utm_content=micleanenergy

[iv] https://www.consumersenergy.com/news-releases/news-release-details/2020/02/24/16/03/consumers-energy-commits-to-net-zero-carbon-emissions-takes-stand-for-the-planet

[v] https://empoweringmichigan.com/net-zero-carbon/

[vi] https://www.michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-makes-first-nation-goal-net-zero-carbon-emissions-2040