Michigan agrees renewables supply from Consumers Energy

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August 12 (Renewables Now) - The US state of Michigan has entered into a 20-year agreement for Consumers Energy to supply state government buildings with electricity from 68 MW of local renewables capacity.

The energy provider, which is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), will power 1,274 publicly-owned buildings for all departments throughout the Lower Peninsula. The company said it will meet Michigan's pledge by adding new solar power plants across the state over the next three to four years.

"Today, we are proud to announce that Consumers Energy is joining BWL and DTE in an agreement with the State of Michigan to power state buildings with clean energy. This is a critical step that will help us reach the goal I proposed in 2020 to have all state buildings run on 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025,” commented Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Earlier this year, carmaker General Motors committed to run its automotive plants in Michigan on 100% clean energy and for this purpose agreed with Consumers Energy to buy electricity from 70 MW of renewables. In May, the energy provider also signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Ranger Power for 300 MW of solar projects to be developed in the state.

Consumers Energy itself is working to close all of its coal-fired plants by 2025 and become carbon neutral by 2040.

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