The state of Michigan has pledged to power 1,274 of its buildings in the Lower Peninsula with 100 percent clean energy. The announcement was made by Jackson-based Consumers Energy.
Other utilities are involved in providing so-called green energy sources to the state, including DTE Energy in Detroit and the Lansing Board of Water and Light. The goal is to complete the effort by 2025.
“Consumers Energy and the state of Michigan are working together to power Michigan’s clean energy transformation,” said Garrick Rochow, president and CEO of Consumers Energy. “This commitment will accelerate our already industry-leading Clean Energy Plan to develop carbon-free energy sources here in Michigan.”
The state has made a 20-year agreement with Consumers Energy to use clean energy at state government buildings for all departments throughout the Lower Peninsula. The commitment supports roughly 68 megawatts of emission-free renewable energy in Michigan, which is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions produced by more than 20,000 cars, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.
Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan involves closing all of its coal-fired plants by 2025 and become carbon neutral by 2040. The state government’s new commitment builds on the energy provider’s plans. Consumers Energy says it will meet the state’s pledge by adding new solar power plants in Michigan over the next three to four years.
Earlier this year, General Motors Co. in Detroit agreed to power three Michigan plants with 100 percent green energy supplied by Consumers Energy.
“Consumers Energy is able to deliver reliable and affordable energy while protecting the planet. This partnership will further support Michigan being a leader in clean energy,” Rochow says.
Consumers Energy’s Renewable Energy Program is designed to provide businesses with a flexible, turnkey solution to use solar and wind energy to achieve their sustainability goals and protect the planet for future generations.
There was no word on how solar arrays and wind turbines will be recycled once they reach their respective lifespans.
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