Energy - JUNE 23, 2021

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Consumers Energy to ditch coal by 2025

by Kali Persall

Consumers Energy has proposed to stop using coal as a fuel source for electricity by 2025, 15 years earlier than previously planned.

If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, the plan would make the company one of the first in the U.S. to go coal-free.

“We are proud to lead Michigan’s clean energy transformation and be one of the first utilities in the country to end coal use,” said Garrick Rochow, president and CEO. “We are committed to being a force of change and good stewards of our environment, producing reliable, affordable energy for our customers while caring for our communities during this transition.”

Under the plan, Consumers Energy will use 90 percent clean energy resources by 2040, build 8,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2040 and continue working toward net-zero carbon emissions.

The plan would also accelerate the closure of three coal-fired units at the Campbell generating complex near the city of Holland. Campbell 1 a

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