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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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Our Clean Energy Plan, also known as its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), is a comprehensive and far-reaching strategy to protect the planet and reinforce our promise of sustainability. The Clean Energy Plan is a 20-year blueprint to guide our regulated electric business.

The plan positions Consumers Energy as an industry leader, retiring its remaining coal-fired plants to help reach a net zero carbon emissions goal by 2040. Eliminating coal use 15 years sooner than previously planned will improve air quality, cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce landfill waste and dramatically reduce our water use.

This plan will also help us reduce carbon emissions from owned generation by approximately 60% from 2005 levels by 2025. By 2040, 61% of Consumers Energy’s electric capacity will come from renewable sources including nearly 8,000 megawatts of solar.

Further Expanding our Commitment to the Environment

We have pledged to protect the planet by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions from the company’s entire natural gas production and delivery system — including customers and suppliers — by 2050. Achieving net zero emissions means eliminating the impact of emissions traced to the burning of natural gas by customers and greenhouse gas emissions caused by natural gas suppliers who produce and transport natural gas to the company’s system.

As a next step on our path to net zero by 2050, we are already implementing industry-leading plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These include:

  • Modernizing our natural gas system to achieve net zero methane emissions from operations by 2030.
  • Ending coal use and boosting renewable energy fuel sources to achieve net zero carbon emissions from electric operations by 2040.
  • Pledging to power 1 million electric vehicles in the communities we serve by 2030.

Pursuing a net zero goal for all emission sources, including those from customers and suppliers, aligns the company’s efforts with Michigan’s Healthy Climate Plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as well as the recommendations of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

CMS Energy is executing and exploring a variety of pathways to support customers and suppliers who want to reduce their emissions.

  • Carbon offsets: The company recently received regulatory approval for a new program for residential and business customers who want to voluntarily offset carbon emissions from their natural gas use by investing in projects that help Michigan forests reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
  • Renewable natural gas, or RNG: Produced from organic wastes and other renewable sources, RNG is interchangeable with conventional natural gas and a key technology available to reduce methane emissions. The company recently announced an agreement with Swisslane Farms in west Michigan to build a biodigester facility that, with regulatory approval, will convert agricultural waste into RNG.
  • Energy efficiency: Providing customers with the power to reduce energy waste and lower bills through a variety of energy efficiency and demand response programs. Since 2009, we’ve helped customers save about $4 billion and prevented the emission of almost 19 million tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Emerging technologies: Potential solutions include using hydrogen to produce energy, capturing and permanently storing carbon emissions from natural gas combustion and using hybrid natural gas and electric heat pump systems to heat homes and businesses.

The company is also modernizing its natural gas operations with a 10-year Natural Gas Delivery Plan to ensure the continued delivery of safe, reliable, affordable and clean natural gas. The plan includes accelerated infrastructure replacement, innovative leak detection and key process changes to eliminate, avoid and minimize methane emissions.

See our required postings for other waste disposal information on regulatory requirements related to toxic emissions and greenhouse gasses.