US-based public utility firm Consumers Energy has received clearance from Michigan state regulators for its Clean Energy Plan (CEP). The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the plan, which was also backed by the state environmental and business groups.

The CEP will focus on decreasing carbon emissions from power plants by more than 90%. It seeks to gradually end the use of coal and meet future electricity capacity needs with 90% clean energy resources such as renewable energy, energy waste reduction, and energy storage by 2040.

Consumers Energy president and CEO Patti Poppe said: “Consumers Energy is proud to take a stand with our Clean Energy Plan that reflects our Triple Bottom Line strategy, making a commitment to people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity.

“This plan establishes Michigan as a national clean energy leader and provides benefits to homes and businesses, as we supply affordable, reliable and clean energy and create innovative solutions to our state’s energy needs.”

As part of the plan, Consumers Energy will close two coal-fired generating units at the Karn generating facility near Bay City in 2023. Between 2031 and 2040, three Campbell generating units near Holland will be shut down.

The company is planning to launch a competitive bid to add 5,000MW of solar energy by 2030. Additionally, Consumers Energy will provide incentives to customers for efficient use of energy.

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Poppe added: “It’s important to understand the role that everyone plays in Michigan’s clean energy future.

“We are working with policymakers, businesses and environmental groups to develop our energy plan, but our customers will play a key role by participating in programs that will reduce our demand for energy and manage the power grid more efficiently and effectively.”

CMS Energy’s principal subsidiary Consumers Energy is engaged in providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.