We are seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan’s energy future. Our Integrated Resource Plan outlines our strategy to meet Michigan’s energy needs for years to come. Our proposed plan includes:
We have proposed retiring our Karn 1 and 2 coal-fired generating units in 2023. Our remaining coal-fired units, Campbell 1 and 2, would retire at the end of their design life in 2031. Campell 3, the youngest coal-fired unit in our fleet, and equipped with state-of-the-art air quality control systems, would continue to serve customers until 2040.
In the future, demand response, more energy efficiency, battery storage and grid modernization tools will play an even more significant role in serving Michigan’s energy needs. They will help us reduce energy demand and manage load efficiently and effectively. They will also help us keep residential customers’ costs low and benefit the environment by giving them the option to voluntarily reduce their energy use during a few peak times during the year.
We plan to add 550 megawatts of wind-generated power to help us reach Michigan’s 15% renewable energy standard by 2021. We then plan to add renewable energy capacity incrementally, to allow for flexibility to adapt to changing conditions.Our plan forecasts renewable energy levels of:
This renewable energy plan would help us achieve our Clean Energy Breakthrough Goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2040.
Our coal-fired units at Campbell and the natural gas-fired Jackson and Zeeland generating stations would continue to help serve our customers. We also would purchase additional electricity from the Filer City plant, a facility in the process of converting from coal to natural gas.
Offering affordable energy to power Michigan homes and businesses was a top priority as we plan for the future. Here are a few ways our Integrated Resource Plan maintains affordability: