CONSUMERS ENERGY MUST DO BETTER

JOIN US IN DEMANDING CLEAN ENERGY FOR MICHIGAN RESIDENTS

LANSING – A broad coalition of Consumers Energy customers, community organizations and elected officials are celebrating a historic agreement on the utility’s 15-year power plan that will provide the just transition to clean, renewable energy they called for nearly a year ago.


More than 800 Consumers Energy customers have signed comments supporting the settlement, which come on top of the 4,000 customers, more than 75 advocacy organizations and 50 elected officials who have called for the following goals related to the 15-year power plan, known as an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP):

  • Delivering equitable outcomes to communities disproportionately impacted by pollution
  • Retiring the J.H. Campbell coal plant this decade and ensure a just transition for workers and impacted communities
  • Not investing in new sources of fossil gas
  • Maximizing utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage, energy waste reduction and demand response
  • Fully embracing distributed energy generation and community solar

“This agreement is a major victory for clean energy and environmental justice,” said State Sen. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit. “Our state has relied on dirty coal for far too long, but that era is ending. Thanks to months and years of advocacy by Michiganders committed to change, we’re moving away from fossil fuels that poison our health and environment, and showing that utilities can meet our energy needs by investing in renewable resources, more energy efficiency and investments in storage options for energy.”


“Retiring the J.H. Campbell plant and creating new opportunities for the workers and communities is the right thing to do. And that’s why we’ve been advocating for Michigan to transition away from dirty fossil fuels, like imported coal, to improve the health and safety of residents,” said Dr. Steven Ashmead, Associate Clinical Professor for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids and is a member of Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action.


“A diverse coalition of Michiganders called on Consumers Energy to step up for a healthier Great Lakes State and won,” said Derrell Slaughter, Michigan Clean Energy Advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option as we continue to experience the impacts of the climate crisis. Investments in renewable energy will create new opportunities for workers and communities. It’s the only option to meet the crisis head on.”


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 12, 2022


Contacts: Jada Fisher, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, jfisher@byrumfisk.com


COALITION CELEBRATES CONSUMERS ENERGY'S TRANSITION AWAY FROM DIRTY COAL TO RENEWABLE ENERGY


More than 800 Consumers Energy customers join latest effort to support 15-year power plan settlement pending before Michigan Public Service Commission