Integrated Resource Plan

A New Energy Future for Michigan

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:

    Transition to Zero Coal Use

    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.

    More Demand Reduction

    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.

    More Renewable Energy

    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:
    • 25% by 2025
    • 37% by 2030
    • 43% by 2040

    This renewable energy plan would help us achieve our Clean Energy Breakthrough Goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2040.

    No Construction of New Fossil Fuel Power Plants

    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.

    A Commitment to Affordable Energy

    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:

    • Our current residential electricity bills are about 9% below the national average. The projected rate increases in this plan through 2040 are well below the projected rate of inflation, meaning our electric rates should continue to remain affordable.
    • Increased use of energy efficiency and demand response programs will give customers more control over monthly energy bills, and equip them to save energy and money over the long term.
    • Renewable energy is increasingly affordable. Studies show the cost of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar have dropped significantly over the last decade.
    • Our incremental and flexible strategy allows us to adapt to needs and changes in the energy landscape.
    • We propose to competitively bid new electric generation supply to ensure the best value for our customers.

    Download the full Integrated Resource Plan here.

Consumers Energy Investment

Consumers Energy’s Growing Forward strategy calls for investing more than $7 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.