In June, Consumers Energy released their draft Integrated Resource Plan. The outcome of the final Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will substantially impact Michigan families, public health, our economy, our climate and communities disproportionately facing environmental injustices. Shutting down dirty coal plants ahead of schedule, as they have committed to, will improve public health and clean up our air and water. To facilitate this transition, Consumers Energy should expand its use of energy efficiency, energy storage and renewable energy instead of relying on more fossil gas.
The time for an ambitious plan is now!
Consumers Energy proposed going coal-free by 2025. While this is a positive step, the energy company is planning to invest in fossil gas plants to replace their current coal-generated power. We cannot replace one fossil fuel with another.
Consumers Energy has the potential to become one of our country’s top clean energy utilities if they retire their coal plant and reject fracked gas. But to get there, they must be even bolder and focused on protecting ratepayers, public health and Michigan’s air, land and water.