Consumers Energy and DTE Energy announced that they are accelerating plans to produce cleaner energy in Michigan, targeting at least a 50% Clean Energy Goal by 2030 that will be achieved through a combination of investments in at least 25% renewable energy and the remaining through energy efficiency.
Throughout the past year, both companies have outlined plans to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80% in the coming decades. Leveraging the already-aggressive framework established in Michigan’s 2016 bipartisan energy law, the state’s two largest energy companies are advancing their plans to invest in Michigan. This is in conjunction with an agreement by Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan (CEHM) to place aside a ballot proposal to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard.
Michigan’s two energy companies have been cited as industry leaders in their commitment to transform the way they produce energy: retiring coal plants and increasing wind and solar generation. Both will demonstrate how they will achieve the 50% Clean Energy Goal by 2030 in their respective Integrated Resource Plans, according to press reports.
DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson and Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe released the following joint statement:
“We appreciate that Tom Steyer and the sponsors of Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan have taken the time to understand our commitment to carbon reduction and how Michigan’s energy plan puts the tools in place to achieve this goal in a thoughtful and affordable manner. Our two companies are overwhelmingly in favor of renewable energy and are focused on bringing additional energy-efficiency opportunities to our customers. We will continue to work within the framework put forward by our legislature and regulators to build on our environmental initiatives to benefit all residents of the state.”