In an effort to stave off a grassroots movement to increase the State of Michigan’s renewable energy mandate, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy announced on May 19, 2018, that they have agreed to significantly increase their renewable energy portfolios.
Both DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities, agreed to boost clean energy production/usage to at least 50% by 2030, which is expected to be implemented through 25% renewable energy and 25% energy efficiency gains.
Michigan’s 2016 energy law put in place a goal of 15% renewable energy generation by 2021.
The utilities’ public commitment will be formalized by being added to their respective Integrated Resource Plans that will be filed with the Public Service Commission.
“This is a major win for the people and communities of Michigan,” Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan Campaign Coordinator John Freeman said. “We came to an accommodation that will serve both sides well.”