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Updated December 15, 2009, 10:01 pm

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Inside the Energy

Want a closer look inside the energy mix?  You're in the right place.

The more you understand about renewable energy sources, the more sense they make. That's why we want to share our energy mix with you. We also want to connect you to some expert sites that can give you even more information about these environmentally friendly forms of energy.

The numbers behind the energy mix.

Consumers Energy is purchasing Michigan-based wind power, which will provide approximately 75% of the energy for the green generation sm program. Wind power is energy generated by the wind and captured by wind turbines. In fact, wind power has been the fastest-growing source of energy in the world since 1990, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. What's more, a study conducted by the Renewable Energy Policy Project in the fall of 2004 ranks Michigan in the top 20 states for wind power potential. To learn more about wind power, visit the U.S. Department of Energy.

We purchase our remaining energy from generators fueled by landfill gas. Methane gas is formed as part of the waste decomposition process. Converting the methane gas into electricity converts the methane by-product into a productive and reliable energy source. To learn more about landfill gas, visit the U.S. Department of Energy.

By participating in green generation sm , you will help enable Consumers Energy to reinvest in and increase the use of renewable energy. That's an investment that helps protect our environment, and benefits every generation.

Proud to be Green-e Certified!

The Green-e Program certifies that green generation sm meets the strict environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.

Green-e is the nation's leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy products and the Green-e symbol is nationally recognized. It provides a simple way for you to quickly identify environmentally superior energy products. When you see the Green-e logo, you can be sure you are getting what you pay for.

For more information on Green-e certification requirements, visit the Green-e website or call (888) 63-GREEN.

Informative sites to help you gather all the facts.

If you'd like to learn more about renewable energy, just click on the links below to connect to a world of helpful information.

Michigan Public Service Commission
State of Michigan Wind and Solar Energy
Green Power Network
U.S. Department of Energy
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy - Renewable Energy