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Clearing the Air So You Can Breathe Easier

Take a deep breath and you know you’re in Michigan. The air is the cleanest it’s been in a generation. It’s easy to take for granted. Not us. We strive to do better.

Air Emission Reductions

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In 2019, our Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) – also known as our Clean Energy Plan, officially solidified our position as Michigan's leader in clean energy, placing us at the forefront of utilities nationwide. This plan focuses on reducing carbon emissions from our owned electric generating fleet by over 90 percent by 2040.

In 2020, we announced a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, the next step in an industry-leading Clean Energy Plan that protects the planet for future generations. The new net zero goal means we will eliminate the impact of carbon emissions created by the electricity generated or purchased for our customers.

Further Expanding our Commitment to the Environment

Consumers Energy loves Michigan and is committed to protecting the planet.

That’s why we’re fundamentally transforming the way we operate to fight climate change and create a clean energy future for generations to come. Our Clean Energy Plan will eliminate coal as a fuel source for electricity, boost renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. Now, we’re voluntarily implementing changes to our natural gas business that will shrink our environmental footprint by significantly reducing methane emissions. Our goal is to achieve net zero methane emissions for our natural gas delivery system by 2030. Learn more about our Methane Reduction Plan here.

By achieving our goal, we’ll reduce our methane emissions by more than 10,000 metric tons – that’s the equivalent of removing about 55,000 vehicles from the road for a year or preserving more than 300,000 acres of forest.

An Ongoing Initiative with Many Stakeholders

Cleaning the air involves a lot of stakeholders. We listened to many of them in public forums as we gathered input to create our Integrated Resource Plan for Michigan’s energy future – a plan that will result in the total elimination of coal-fired generating plants by the year 2040. You can read about our plan to replace coal generation with renewables here.

We’re always thinking about new ways to reduce our emissions footprint. Here’s a list of key activities that are already underway:

  • Seven coal-fired power generating units were retired in 2016
  • The announced retirement of coal-fired units Karn 1 and 2 in 2023
  • Natural gas-fired plants are an integral part of our generating plant mix, which has a smaller carbon footprint than a coal-fired facility of the same size
  • Energy efficiency programs are gaining momentum statewide
  • More plug-in electric vehicles have been added to our fleets - Learn More
  • Natural gas pipeline and storage infrastructure upgrades have been made and recognized with a Natural Gas Star Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Additional renewable energy sources should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1 million tons annually by 2022