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The largest energy provider in Michigan and utility to 6.7 million residents has secured an approval to implement its new Clean Energy Plan.

Consumers Energy has been allowed by the Michigan Public Service Commission to expand its clean energy resources to 90% by 2040.

The plan reduces the utility’s carbon emissions by 90% by 2040, eliminate coal power generation and help improve customer services and grid reliability.

The Clean Energy Plan includes:

  • Retiring two coal-fired generating units at the Karn generating facility near Bay City will be in 2023 – nearly a decade ahead of schedule – while the three Campbell generating units near Holland will be closed between 2031 and 2040 making Consumers Energy coal free.
  • Adding 5,000MW of solar energy through competitive bidding even earlier by 2030.
  • Using tools such as incentives for customers to use energy more efficiently to avoid the need to invest in new, large power plants. The company’s energy efficiency programmes already have helped customers save $2 billion since 2009.

Patti Poppe, CEO of Consumers Energy, 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.

“We are working with policymakers, businesses and environmental groups to develop our energy plan, but our customers will play a key role by participating in programs that will reduce our demand for energy and manage the power grid more efficiently and effectively.”