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Displaying items by tag: Consumers Energy

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 16:34

Industrial electric customers could choose power supplier under new bill

A state lawmaker from West Michigan has introduced legislation that would give industrial electric customers an opportunity to select alternative power suppliers in what supporters say is an effort to reduce electric costs and attract investments.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 10 October 2021 16:00

With tight industrial inventory, developers turn to outlying metro areas

Low industrial real estate vacancy rates and ongoing construction backlogs are pushing industrial projects to more rural and outlying areas.

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 11:32

Four new solar projects set to come online next year for Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy expects to start purchasing power next year from four new solar projects that will add more than 100 megawatts of renewable energy to the utility’s generation mix.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:27

Consumers Energy unveils ‘win-win’ solar project on former Cadillac brownfield property

CADILLAC — Consumers Energy has unveiled a new “brownfield to brightfield” solar project that converted formerly abandoned industrial property into a clean energy power source.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 04 July 2021 17:40

‘It’s complicated’: Advocates give Consumers Energy’s long-term plan mixed reviews

Environmental and ratepayer advocates are withholding their full-throated support for Consumers Energy’s new long-term energy plan that eliminates coal usage by 2025, citing concerns over potential rate effects and the scale of ongoing fossil fuel reliance.

Published in Energy
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 12:13

Consumers Energy plans to close remaining coal plants by 2025

JACKSON — Michigan’s largest energy company announced today that it plans to phase out its remaining coal-fired power plants by 2025, which would be 15 years earlier than planned, as part of its updated long-term energy plan.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 13:02

Consumers Energy to sell bank subsidiary in $960 million deal

JACKSON — CMS Energy Corp. plans to sell a Utah-based bank that specializes in home improvement lending nationwide.

Published in Finance
Monday, 07 June 2021 12:49

Consumers Energy launches electric vehicle program for businesses

JACKSON — Investor-owned utility Consumers Energy has launched a new electric vehicle program that provides rebates and consultation to businesses looking to transition to electrified fleets.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 13:39

Major utilities seek negotiations on rooftop solar bill

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities want to negotiate with state legislators and advocates on a proposed bill that would expand access to the companies’ rooftop solar programs.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 16:32

Consumers Energy plans to ramp up electric vehicle fast-charging stations

JACKSON — Consumers Energy plans to help ramp up the number of fast-charging electric vehicle stations across the Lower Peninsula in the coming years to ensure EV drivers can travel longer distances while maintaining access to charging equipment.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 March 2021 18:00

Utilities chart renewable energy future as state mandates level off

Michigan’s mandates for renewable power and energy efficiency programs — first set in 2008 and slightly increased in 2016 — are scheduled to level off this year, although it may make little difference as the clean energy transition rolls on under market forces.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 28 March 2021 17:30

Renewable natural gas, battery storage to play key roles in low-emissions future

The ability to store intermittent renewable energy from wind and solar and capturing methane emissions from common waste streams to displace natural gas usage are two technologies poised to play a bigger role in a lower carbon future.

Published in Energy

Monday, 22 February 2021 11:42

Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to expand rooftop solar program

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has again proposed legislation backed by clean energy advocates to expand utility programs for customers who generate their own solar power.

Published in Energy
Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:40

6 West Michigan companies earn top grades for LGBTQ equality workplaces

GRAND RAPIDS — Six West Michigan corporations earned top scores in this year’s Corporate Equality Index rankings recently published by the Human Rights Campaign, showcasing the companies as among the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 January 2021 12:24

Utility foundations use deep nonprofit network to distribute millions in COVID relief funds

The corporate foundations of the state’s two major energy utilities have distributed nearly $26.5 million in direct relief funds to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and personal protective equipment since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 03 January 2021 17:00

Regulators approve 3-year electric commercial fleet program in Consumers Energy case

A Michigan Public Service Commission order in a sweeping Consumers Energy rate case last month includes a three-year pilot program to study the roll-out of electrified commercial fleet vehicles.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 03 January 2021 11:51

MiBiz Growth Report: January 3, 2021

Here is the MiBiz growth report for January 3, 2021.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:30

Clean energy, Line 5, electric choice on Michigan’s energy docket in 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order in late September creating a long-term climate change plan calling for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:20

Michigan utility CEO takes helm amid major energy transition

Like many utilities, Consumers Energy is at the beginning of a decades-long transition that will fundamentally change the way electricity is generated. Utilities are gradually replacing large, centralized coal plants with more distributed resources like wind and solar along with battery storage. Consumers announced in February a target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Its broader long-term Clean Energy Plan was announced in 2019 under former CEO Patti Poppe, who this month started a new job leading California’s largest utility, PG&E. The reins have been passed to new President and CEO Garrick Rochow, who’s been with the Jackson-based utility for 16 years, most recently as senior vice president of operations.

Published in Energy
Friday, 20 November 2020 14:44

Consumers Energy agrees to expand rooftop solar program

JACKSON — Consumers Energy has agreed to expand a solar energy program that advocates say is crucial to continue the sector’s growth in Michigan.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 22 November 2020 13:56

Q&A: Megan Sall Rydecki, Community Affairs Manager for Kent County, Consumers Energy

Megan Sall Rydecki comes to Consumers Energy amid major short- and long-term changes at the state’s largest energy provider. Not only is the company in the early stages of a sweeping 20-year transition to clean energy, but its charismatic leader, President and CEO Patti Poppe, last week announced a new job leading California’s largest utility, PG&E Corp., effective Dec. 1.

Published in Energy

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 08:03

Consumers Energy CEO stepping down to lead California’s largest utility

JACKSON — CMS Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe is leaving the Jackson-based utility to lead San Francisco-based utility PG&E Corp., effective Dec. 1.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 25 October 2020 18:51

Customers, installers on edge as key solar energy program nears cap

key program that has incentivized small-scale solar projects in recent years is nearing its cap in two utility service territories.

Published in Energy
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 11:44

DTE, Consumers join major utilities in electric vehicle charging pledge

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities are joining other large Midwest power companies in pledging to build out an interstate charging network to support more widespread electric vehicle adoption.

Published in Energy

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 15:27

DTE Energy plans major two-year solar energy buildout to meet corporate demand

DTE Energy plans to significantly expand its solar energy portfolio in the next two years to support growing corporate demand for renewable energy contracts.

Published in Energy
Monday, 17 August 2020 10:36

Consumers Energy hosting forums on next phase of clean energy plan

Consumers Energy is hosting a series of virtual public forums over the next several months to gather public input on the next phase of its long-term clean energy plan.

Published in Energy
Friday, 31 July 2020 14:03

Four electric vehicle fast-charging stations now operating under utility rebate program

Four electric vehicle fast-charging stations are now operating along major highway corridors in the Lower Peninsula as part of the state’s and major utilities’ efforts to build supportive infrastructure allowing for EV growth.

Published in Energy

Monday, 20 July 2020 14:27

Business Leaders for Michigan PAC contributes $100,000 to civil rights expansion campaign

The political advocacy arm of Business Leaders for Michigan, a roundtable composed of some of the state’s largest companies, has contributed $100,000 to a ballot initiative to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include LGBTQ protections.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:26

DTE natural gas company pledges net zero emissions by 2050

DTE Energy’s natural gas subsidiary has pledged to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a series of actions involving suppliers, customers and its own infrastructure, aligning with long-term goals for the utility’s electricity operations.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:58

After 2020 cancellation, future of ArtPrize remains unclear

After canceling this year’s ArtPrize because of concerns over COVID-19, organizers of Grand Rapids’ flagship arts event and the largest art competition in the world have avoided questions about whether it will return.

Published in Economic Development

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