Consumers Energy signs off on new clean energy plan in Michigan, will add 5GW of solar by 2030

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
The Clean Energy Plan will put Consumers Energy on course to cut out coal while cutting down carbon emissions by over 90%. Image: zak zak / Flickr

Consumers Energy has received approval from state regulators for its Clean Energy Plan, which is set to spur the renewable-energy sector within the state of Michigan.

The Clean Energy Plan will put Consumers Energy on course to cut out coal while lowering carbon emissions by over 90%. In addition, the plan will meet customers' future electricity capacity needs with 90% of energy generation coming from clean energy resources by 2040. The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the plan, which also had support from leading Michigan environmental and business groups.

Other highlights from the plan include the addition of 5GW of PV capacity through competitive bidding by 2030, while two coal-fired generating units at the Karn generating facility near Bay City will be retired in 2023, nearly a decade ahead of schedule.  Three Campbell generating units near Holland are also planned to close between 2031 and 2040, making Consumers Energy coal free.

Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's president and CEO, said: “Consumers Energy is proud to take a stand with our Clean Energy Plan that reflects our Triple Bottom Line strategy – making a commitment to people, the planet and Michigan's prosperity. This plan establishes Michigan as a national clean energy leader and provides benefits to homes and businesses, as we supply affordable, reliable and clean energy and create innovative solutions to our state's energy needs.”

Read Next

March 25, 2021
Thin-film laser systems equipment supplier LPKF Laser & Electronics suffered from delays in receiving new expected orders from two long-stand customers last year.
March 23, 2021
Lightsource bp has been selected to build, own and operate seven solar arrays in Pennsylvania that will provide nearly half of the state government’s electricity.
March 4, 2021
A round-up of the latest solar project news from around the world, including updates from Hanwha Q CELLS and Capital Dynamics.
March 1, 2021
Xcel Energy has announced plans to double its renewables and battery storage capacity in Colorado by 2030, as the utility progresses with efforts to reach 100% carbon-free electricity generation across its service area by 2050.
February 15, 2021
US utility Duke Energy should refile its 2020 integrated resource plan (IRP) to effectively allow for the diversity benefits of solar and storage to be captured, it has been argued by energy consulting firm E3.
February 5, 2021
US wholesale energy provider Southern Power is adding battery energy storage to two solar sites in California.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
April 13, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Upcoming Webinars
April 28, 2021
4:00 - 4:30 PM CET