Utility aims sustainability goals 15 to 20 years before the initial target date


US utility Consumers Energy has set sustainability goals for its Jackson Smart Energy District.

The utility targets to achieve its 2040 clean energy goals 15 to 20 years early at the four-square-block efficient, affordable and clean energy hub  near the company’s headquarters.

 Consumers Energy plans to meet the district’s energy needs by producing 40% of electricity from renewables

The energy provider to 6.7 million customers is targeting to reduce the district’s carbon emissions by 90%

 The utility has issued a Request for Information which will allow partnerships with consulting and energy solutions firm to achieve set sustainable goals.

Technologies being deppolyed in the district include solar panels, battery storage, energy efficiency, energy management and electric vehicle charging stations.

The project is part of efforts to modernise Michigan’s electric grid and prepare it for future business models.

Patti Poppe, CEO at Consumers Energy, said: “(we’re) excited to promote economic development in our backyard and to highlight Jackson as a hub for innovation in our industry”. “We’re moving forward today with plans that will make Jackson an even more attractive place to live, work and innovate, and provide a picture of the energy future that will transform our entire state.”