Consumers Energy targets to add 5 GW of solar energy by 2030

US utility Consumers Energy Company received approval from state regulator Michigan Public Service Commission for its Clean Energy Plan. According to the company, it will reduce carbon emissions by over 90 percent, and meet customers’ future electricity capacity needs with 90 percent clean energy resources by 2040.
The utility will retire two coal-fired generating units at the Karn generating facility near Bay City in 2023 – nearly a decade ahead of schedule – while the three Campbell generating units near Holland are planned to close between 2031 and 2040. Consumers Energy will meet 90 percent of customers’ electricity capacity needs through clean energy resources like renewable energy, energy waste reduction, and energy storage by 2040, with the addition of 5,000 MW of solar energy through competitive bidding even earlier by 2030.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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