Balanced Energy Initiative

Planning for Affordable and Reliable Electricity to Meet Michigan's Future Energy Needs

Investing Big in Michigan's Energy Future

The Balanced Energy Initiative is Consumers Energy’s comprehensive plan to meet the energy needs of its 1.8 million electric customers for the next 20 years. The plan calls for meeting the customer demand for electricity with a balanced portfolio of diverse energy resources:

  • energy efficiency
  • demand management
  • expanding renewable energy
  • utilizing existing generating resources

Investing Big in Michigan's Green EnergyThe Balanced Energy Initiative is designed to help maintain affordable and reliable supplies of electricity for Michigan's families and businesses. 

The utility filed its “Balanced Energy Initiative: Electric Generation Alternatives Analysis” on June 5, 2009, with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). News Release

Consumers Energy filed the Balanced Energy Initiative with the MPSC in 2007. The initiative was developed in response to the 21st Century Energy Plan by the then MPSC chairman, J. Peter Lark.


Consumers Energy Investment

Consumers Energy’s Growing Forward strategy calls for investing more than $6 billion in Michigan over the next five years. That includes significant investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental and customer service enhancements, and new power generation.

The substantial investments make Consumers Energy one of the largest – if not the largest – investor in the state of Michigan. Those investments will help the utility maintain and improve service to customers, create jobs, boost the state’s economy and expand the state’s tax base.

Serving Michigan Since 1886

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Our employees work hard to keep rates competitive, ensure high levels of customer satisfaction and provide reliable utility service to our customers.