Consumers Energy gets nod to embark on 5-GW solar plan, phase out coal

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June 10 (Renewables Now) – US utility Consumers Energy has received regulatory clearance to implement a plan that will see it meet 90% of the future electricity capacity needs of its clients with clean energy resources by 2040 and gradually phase out coal.

The company’s Clean Energy Plan was cleared by the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday, paving the utility’s way to eliminate coal. More specifically, the clean energy resources the company will deploy as part of the initiative include renewables, energy waste reduction and energy storage. It envisages holding a competitive procurement to add 5 GW of solar power capacity by 2030.

Consumers Energy, a unit of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), will strive to cut the carbon footprint from its coal power generation by over 90% by 2040. Its two power stations near Bay City will be shut down in 2023 and three generating units near Holland will be retired between 2031 and 2040.

Energy efficiency programmes for customers will also be carried out.

At present, Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million clients in Michigan.

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