CONSUMERS ENERGY MUST DO BETTER

JOIN US IN DEMANDING CLEAN ENERGY FOR MICHIGAN RESIDENTS

JACKSON, Mich. — Leaders from Michigan’s local communities, the Legislature and environmental organizations today called on Consumers Energy to build a healthier and stronger Michigan as it files its 15-year plan to power homes and businesses.


By law, Consumers Energy is required to file a 15-year plan, called an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), no later than June 30.

More than 75 leaders across Michigan joined a sign-on letter to Consumers Energy calling on the utility to take bold action by:

  • 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.

“An integrated resource plan is basically how Consumers Energy plans to power our homes and businesses in its territory for the next 15 years,” said Mike Berkowitz, MI Beyond Coal Campaign Representative for Sierra Club. “This sign-on letter challenges Consumers Energy to become one of our country’s top clean energy utilities by protecting ratepayers, public health and Michigan’s air, land and water.”


The coalition also launched micleanconsumersenergy.com, which will highlight stories from across Michigan and track the IRP approval process.


“Consumers Energy can and must do better,” said Derrell Slaughter, MI Clean Energy Advocate for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). “This is an opportunity to create a healthier and stronger Michigan.”


“Traverse City is proud to be one of number of cities in our state leading the way to address climate change and its impact on our daily lives,” said Tim Werner, a member of the Traverse City Council and a Traverse City Light & Power board member. “We are forced to buy our power from Consumers Energy’s dirty and polluting J.H. Campbell coal plant until 2040, however we need the utility to take leadership and retire the plant much sooner and invest in clean energy, like wind and solar. That is why I signed onto this letter calling on the utility to take bold action in its next 15-year power plan.”


“We know low-income and Black, indigenous and people of color, BIPOC, communities suffer the highest burdens of burning dirty coal to produce electricity,” said Nayyirah Shariff, Director of Flint Rising. “Consumers Energy’s integrated resource plan will mean the difference between adding to that burden or working to address this inequity over the next 15 years.”


“Doctors, nurses and scientists agree we must transition to clean, renewable energy and away from burning fossil fuels like what is used at the Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell plant and others,” said Dr. Julie Quinn with Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action. “We know we can reduce mortality and chronic illnesses for all Michiganders by addressing carbon pollution.”


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 21, 2021


Contacts: Stephanie Cepak, Byrum & Fisk, scepak@byrumfisk.com, (517) 862-2036
Jesus Canchola Sanchez, NRDC, jcanchola@nrdc.org, (312) 847-6808


MI ENVIRONMENTAL, COMMUNITY & LEGISLATIVE LEADERS CALL ON CONSUMERS ENERGY TO DO BETTER


CE Has Opportunity to Become Top Clean Energy Utility by Protecting Ratepayers, Public Health, and Michigan’s Air, Land, and Water