A new initiative in Michigan has been announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the MI Power Grid. The initiative aims to guide people and businesses in the transition to clean energy with much encouragement along the way.
MI Power Grid is designed as a centralised location for information that is available for utility customers and stakeholders to incorporate green energy in small and large ways. It also provides feedback to aid utility companies who wish to invest in reliable and renewable energy.
Over recent years Michigan has increased the production of renewable energy past 10%. This shows no signs of slowing down as energy giants DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy Co. invest billions of dollars into renewable green energy such as solar and wind. As a result, renewable energy is expected to surpass the 15% mark by 2021.
DTE Energy has replaced a number of coal-powered plants with cleaner energy sources. The company also has plans to build two natural gas-fired plants along with solar and wind sources.
MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg commented:
The energy industry’s transformation is exciting, and it will offer many benefits to residential and business customers
MI Power Grid will ensure Michigan residents and businesses are equipped with tools and information to receive the benefits of clean energy.
Not only will MI Power help consumers but they will also provide help and guide energy companies informing them of how to develop more options for consumers and manage energy resources in an environment-friendly way through the insight that they gain via the initiative.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer commented:
Prioritizing clean energy in Michigan will help us grow our economy, create jobs, and protect our overall public health, and if we’re going to call Michigan a leader in clean, reliable energy, we must update our state’s electrical grid. MI Power Grid will serve as a critical tool in helping us reach that goal and will ensure people and businesses have the resources, they need to transition to clean energy. I’m ready and eager to work closely with the MPSC as we take further steps toward a more sustainable future.
The initiative has been set up as customers now want more control over how electricity is produced and how energy costs are managed, the initiative will provide guidance and give people a voice.
Michigan is one of many locations who recognise the need for change and the use of green energy, recently Fossil Fuels were overtaken by renewable electricity for the first time in the UK.
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