Consumers Energy and CMS Energy announced Consumers Energy’s plans to meet Michigan’s energy needs reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also said that more than 40 percent of the energy produced will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040.
In the past five years, Consumers Energy has created a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for the state by taking a leadership position in reducing air emissions, reducing water usage, saving landfill space and boosting the amount of renewable energy supplied to customers. This continued transformation to cleaner fuel sources is part of a long-term strategic commitment to protect the planet.
“Our actions speak louder than words and we have a track record of doing more than is required. Our actions to date have reduced our carbon intensity by 38 percent, reduced our water usage by 35 percent and avoided over one million cubic yards of landfill disposal. We are still not satisfied. The goals announced today represent our further commitment to leave Michigan far better than we found it, because we live here, too,” said Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy & CMS Energy.
The company also announced new 5-year environmental goals for Michigan water, waste and land, including:
- Water: save 1 billion gallons of water;
- Waste: reduce waste to landfills by 35 percent; and
- Land: enhance, restore or protect 5,000 acres of land in Michigan.
Consumers Energy is embracing a cleaner, leaner vision focused primarily on reducing energy usage and adding additional renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. The strategic roadmap for reaching its clean energy goal by 2040 will be published later this year when the company files its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with the Michigan Public Service Commission.
“We’re proud and uniquely qualified to provide the strong leadership needed to protect our planet and our home state for decades to come,” added Poppe.
About Consumer Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.