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Consumers Energy, Sunverge Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy, Sunverge
Date: 2019-10-23
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, and distributed energy resource (DER) control and aggregation specialist Sunverge are reporting their collaboration to leverage Sunverge's real-time control, aggregation and orchestration platform with Sunverge Energy Storage technology for a Consumers Energy residential battery storage pilot.

Sunverge worked with Consumers Energy to evaluate the energy provider's distribution circuits and identify grid locations suitable to test the potential benefits and value from behind the meter battery storage. Using this analysis, Consumers Energy selected a circuit in the Grand Rapids area to conduct the pilot. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, BusinessWire, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: Sunverge, Martin Milani, CEO , www.sunverge.com; Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Sunverge ,  


Consumers Energy Wind Project Acquisition Approved (Ind. Report)
Michigan Public Service Commission
Date: 2019-10-09
The Michigan Public Service Commission reports its approval of Consumers Energy's application to purchase a 166-mw wind project slated for Adams, Moscow, and Wheatland Townships in Hillsdale County.

The project, which is expected to be operational by December, 2020, would be designed, constructed and startup tested by Crescent Wind, LLC and then sold to Consumers Energy. (Source: Michigan Public Service Commission, WILX, 7 Oct., 2019) Contact: Michigan Public Service Commission, 517-284-8100, www.michigan.gov › mpsc; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  


Atlantic Power Takes Ownership Interest in Biomass Plants (M&A)
Atlantic Power,Fortistar,CMS Energy
Date: 2019-08-16
In the Bay State, Dedham-based independent power producer Atlantic Power Corporation reports completion of its $20 million acquisition of the equity ownership interests held by AltaGas Power Holdings in Craven County Wood Energy in North Carolina and the Grayling Generating Station contracted biomass plants in Michigan.

The 48 MW Craven County Wood Energy facility has been in service since October 1990 . Atlantic Power acquired a 50 pct interest from AltaGas with the remaining 50 pct held by CMS Energy. Craven County burns wood waste, wood chips, poultry litter, forestry residues, mill waste, bark and sawdust, and has PPA with Duke Energy Carolinas.

In Michigan, the 37 MW Grayling Generating Station has been in service since June 1992 . Atlantic Power acquired a 30 pct interest from AltaGas , leaving Fortistar with 20 pct and CMS Energy with 50 pct. Grayling has a PPA with Consumers Energy. The plant burns wood waste from local mills, forestry residues, mill waste and bark. Both plants are operated by an affiliate of CMS Energy. (Source: Atlantic Power Corp., CNW Group, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Atlantic Power Corporation, (617) 977-2700, info@atlanticpower.com, www.atlanticpower.com; , Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com; CMS Energy, www.cmsenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  Atlantic Power,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  CMS Energy,  


Gratiot County, Mich. Wind Farm Construction Date Set (Ind. Report)
Tradewind Energy,Invenergy
Date: 2019-07-26
Lenexa, Kansas-based Tradewind Energy reports construction of its 75-turbine, Gratiot County Wind Farm in North Shade and New Haven townships Michigan is slated to break ground later this year. Upon completion and commissioning, Consumers Energy will purchase the wind park.

Invenergy developed and completed Gratiot County's first, and the state's largest, wind park in 2012. The wind park includes 133 turbines spread across Wheeler, Bethany, Emerson and Lafayette townships. (Source: Tradewind Energy, Morning Sun, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Tradewind Energy Inc., Justin McGeeney, (913) 888-9463, www.tradewindenergy.com; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tradewind Energy,  Wind,  Invenergy,  


GM Scores $2.8Mn in Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
GM,Consumers Energy
Date: 2019-03-11
Michigan's largest energy provider, Consumers Energy is reporting the payment of $2.8 million worth of incentives to General Motors (GM0 for energy efficiency upgrades at it Flint Assembly Plant where the automaker completed 21 energy-saving projects in the last year. GM has received $13.3 million in payments from Consumers Energy for energy upgrades at its Michigan plants over the past 10 years. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com; GM, www.gm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GM,  Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  


Utility Touts Jackson Smart Energy District Project (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2019-02-20
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is touting plans for the Jackson Smart Energy District, an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub aiming to achieve the utility's 2040 Clean Energy goals 15 to 20 years ahead of schedule.

To that end, Consumers will work with private businesses and the city of Jackson to reduce the four square block Jackson Smart Energy District's carbon emissions by 90 pct by using on-site solar panels, battery energy storage, energy management, EV charging and advanced energy efficiency technologies.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, recently dedicated Michigan's first rooftop solar array and battery storage system in the Circuit West energy district of Grand Rapids.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, supplies natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million Michigan residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 19 Feb., 2019) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/jacksonenergydistrict

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy ,  


NEC Completes Energy Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-02-01
Westborough, Mass.-based NEC Energy Solutions is reporting completion of an energy storage system in Grand Rapids, Michigan for Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy, the state's largest energy provider. The installation includes two independent 280kW/340kWh DSS® energy storage systems and NEC's proprietary AEROS® controls software.

The preconfigured DSS® platform is scalable from 85kWh to 600kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 100kW up to 710kW of power capability.

NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. (Source: NEC Corp., PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO , Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,  Consumers Energy,  Energy STorage,  


MEO Offers Bldg. Energy Management Classes (Ind. Report)
Michigan Energy Office
Date: 2019-02-01
The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) reports it is offering a $400 discount for public and non-profit building operators who attend building operator certification (BOC) classes.. Participants may also qualify for utility rebates and a veteran's discount. The classes are intended to achieve more energy savings by reducing energy waste.

The BOC Level 1 class will be held in Kalamazoo starting in March, in Flint starting in May, and in Escanaba starting in July. The BOC Level 2 class will be held starting in September at the Consumers Energy Training Center in Okemos. Consumers Energy is also offering four supplemental courses to BOC graduates seeking annual maintenance points.

Information on the BOC program is available at http://boccentral.org. (Source: Michigan Energy Office, PR, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Michigan Energy Office, Robert Jackson, Director, www.michigan.gov/energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michigan Energy Office,  Energy Efficiency,  


Consumers Unveils Renewables Storage R&D Center (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy,Western Michigan University.
Date: 2018-09-19
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy is reporting the launch of the Parkview Battery Storage Research and Development project at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo

The project is part of a Consumers Energy Clean Energy Plan calling for more solar and wind electric power generation facilities that depend on batteries to store energy.

Consumer's picked WMU to unveil the battery after conducting a statewide search with Michigan State University. Consumers, MSU, and WMU engineering students will help with a year-long study to see how battery powered energy could be used around Michigan. (Source: Consumers Energy, WWMT.COM, 17 Sept., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  Consumers Energy,  


Consumers Energy Planning Zero Coal Use by 2040 (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-07-23
Following up on our May 23rd coverage, Consumers Energy, one of Michigan's largest energy companies, reports it is awaiting Michigan Public Service Commission approval to switch all of its coal-fired power production to renewable by 2040,as outlined in the utility's mandatory state Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). As outlined in the IRP, the utility also intends to reduce carbon emissions by 80 pct by replacing coal with up to 5,000 MW of solar energy throughout the 2020s, along with wind and battery storage.

Consumers' proposed closing of two aging coal-fired units at the Karn-Weadock Generating Complex near Bay City in Hampton Township in 2023. Three remaining coal-fired units at the Campbell Generating Complex near Holland will remain in operation operate until the end of their design lives -- 2031 for Campbell 1 and 2 and 2040 for Campbell 3. The company projected the change would increase renewable energy usage from 11 pct today to 37 pct by 2037 and 43 pct by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, Grand Rapids Business Journal, 22 July, 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Pope, President and CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal-Fired Power,  


Michigan Utilities Set 50 pct - 2030 Clean Energy Goal (Ind Report)
DTE, Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-05-23
Building on an agreement with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan -- a grassroots ballot campaign to protect Michigan's air and water by increasing the state's use of renewable energy -- DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are reporting an acceleration of clean energy plans and setting a 50 pct Clean Energy Goal to be reached by 2030.

In keeping with the agreement, Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan has mothballed plans to submit more than 350,000 signatures they collected in support of a clean energy initiative that would have called for an increase to the state's renewable portfolio standard. DTE and Consumers Energy intend to achieve their 50 pct by 2030 green goal through increased energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Michigan legislation requires utilities to source 15 pct of their power from renewable sources by 2021. (Source: Healthy Michigan, DTE, Energy Insider, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan, www.cleanenergyhealthymichigan.com; DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Consumers Energy,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


Consumers Offers Energy Efficiency Products, Training (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-04-06
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the availability of free energy efficient products and training programs in the Kalamazoo area. Under Consumers' Home Energy Analysis program, a Consumers Energy energy technician inspect a homes heating and cooling system looking at the furnace, air conditioner unit, water heater, ducting and insulation then offers recommendations on features than can be improved for greater energy efficiency and energy cost savings. The technician also provides free products -- LED lighting, low-flow water conserving shower heads, water heater insulation, and others -- to immediately improve efficiency. (Source: Consumers Energy, WWMT, 5 April, 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Doosan Supplying Consumers Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Doosan GridTech,Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-04-04
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the selection of Doosan GridTech to supply a 1 MW battery energy storage system (BESS)for installation at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The BESS will be controlled by Doosan's Intelligent Controller (DG-IC). Other system components include Samsung's lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam's power conversion system. The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS as well as between the BESS and a utility's control room.

Doosan previously worked with Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 3 April, 2014)Contact: Doosan GridTech, (888) 452-7715, www.doosangridtech.com; Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550, info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Doosan GridTech ,  


Consumers Energy Wind Farms Powering GM Plants (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-03-12
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports that GM's Flint Metal Center and Flint Engine Operations are now fully powered by wind energy from Cross Winds Energy Park II, a new $90 million wind farm in Tuscola County. Both facilities will use about 110,000 total megawatt hours a year, according to the release.

The agreement was free of cost for GM which will use transferable renewable energy credits (RINs) to measure emission reduction at its manufacturing sites. Consumers handled direct investment and resourcing. GM plans to run one-fifth of its global facilities on renewable energy by the end of 2018 and all 350 operations by 2050. Consumer's Energy aims to produce more than 40 pct of its energy through renewable sources and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, Crains Detroit Business, Mar., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Garrick Rochow, VP Operations, Patti Poppe, CEO, (517) 788-0550,info@cmsenergy.com, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Solar ,  


MI Airport Lands $151,631 Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy reports the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is being recognized for its energy efficiency and has been awarded $151,631 in rebates under the company's energy efficiency program.

The airport received the rebates for six projects totaling 2,140,991 kilowatt hours in annual savings -- sufficient electricity to power nearly 300 Michigan homes for a year. Consumers Energy has helped Michigan customers save more than $1.5 billion through energy efficiency projects since 2009, according to the utility. (Source: Consumers Energy, Mar., 2018) Contact: Gerald Ford Airport, www.flyford.org; Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Consumers Energy Announces 80 pct Carbon Emissions Reduction, Zero Coal by 2040 Goals (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-02-26
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy and CMS Energy are reporting plans to slash carbon emissions by 80 pct and completely abandon coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also foresees more than 40 pct of of its energy needs being supplied from renewables and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewables,  


Consumers Energy Aims for 40 pct Renewables by 2040 (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy, the state's largest energy provider, reports it will cut carbon emissions by 80 pct, abandon coal-fired power generation, and source at least 40 pct of its power from renewables by 2040. According to Consumers Energy's 2017 sustainability report, renewables currently make up just 10 pct of the utility's electric generation operating capacity.

In 2016, Consumers Energy closed 7 of its 12 coal-fired generating plants -- more than any other investor-owned utility that year. Consumers Energy presently owns and operates two wind farms, operates two utility-scale solar projects at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, and uses energy from Sempra Renewables' 100-MW wind farm project in Huron County.

Additionally. Consumers Energy has introduced energy efficiency programs that it claims has helped customers save over $1 billion since 2009. (Source: Consumers Energy, Energy Mgr., 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewables,  


Consumers Energy Announces 80 pct Carbon Emissions Reduction, Zero Coal by 2040 Goals (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-02-23
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy and CMS Energy are reporting plans to slash carbon emissions by 80 pct and completely abandon coal to generate electricity by 2040. The company also foresees more than 40 pct of of its energy needs being supplied from renewables and energy storage by 2040. (Source: Consumers Energy, 19 Feb., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


Consumers Energy Cross Winds Phase II Now Online (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2018-01-08
Following up on our July 10, 2017 coverage, Consumers Energy is reporting the $90 million, 44 MW, Cross Winds Energy Park II in Columbia Township, Michigan is now online. The 19 turbine wind park is art of a total investment of $345 million comprised of 81 wind turbines in total -- including the first phase of Cross Winds -- and can generate as much as 155 MW of renewable energy which is sufficient for about 60,000 residents.

Phase I of the Cross Winds Wind farm began operations in 2014. Phase III, the final phase of the park is expected to be fully operational in 2020. (Source: Consumers Energy, County Press, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: Consumers Energy, Dennis Dobbs, VP, www.consumersenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cross Energy Park,  Consumers Energy,  Wind,  


Consumers Energy Efficiency Program Saves Michigan Small Businesses Big Bucks (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-09-20
Michigan's largest utility, Consumers Energy reports its voluntary 8 year old Small Business Energy Efficiency Program has helped more than 10,000 small businesses statewide lower their costs with incentives to cut energy consumption.

Small businesses participating in the program receive free assessments identifying ways to reduce energy use and are directed toward rebates for upgrades that reduce their energy use. Since 2009 when the program began small businesses have received over $35 million in incentives from Consumers Energy, according to a company release. (Source: Consumers Energy, Renewable Energy, Various Media, 18 Sept., 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy, www.ConsumersEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Consumers' Cross Winds Energy Park II Underway (Ind Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-07-10
Following up on our June 19th coverage, Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, reports construction is underway on its Cross Winds Energy Park Phase II in Tuscola County's Columbia Township.

Phase II will incorporate 19 turbines and is expected to be completed and online in January, 2018. The completed Cross Winds Energy Park project - Phases I and II will incorporate 81 turbines to generate 155 MW at an expected total cost of $345 million, according to a company release. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, MLive, 5 July, 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy, Dennis Dobbs, VP, www.consumersenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  


Cross Winds Energy Park Years Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
The Michigan Public Service Commission (PUC) on Thursday approved the Jackson-based Consumers Energy proposal to begin work on its proposed Cross Winds Energy Park III in Tuscola County in 2019, three years in advance of its originally approved 2022 start date. The projected was originall approved for 19 wind turbines with an optional 33 additional units.

says advancement of the projects will “help meet the expanded renewable energy portfolio standard set in the state's new energy laws.” The initial Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County started serving electric customers in Michigan’s Thumb region in 2014. (Source: Michigan PUC, Consumers Energy, MPR, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Michigan PUC, Sally Talberg, Chairperson, (517) 284-8100, www.michigan.gov/mpsc; Consumers Energy, www.consumersenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  


Generate Capital Acquires NOVI Energy's Community Digester Bioenergy Facility (M&A)
Generate Capital,NOVI Energy
Date: 2017-05-17
San Francisco-based Generate Capital reports it is purchasing NOVI Energy's bankrupt Fremont Community Digester bioenergy facility for $4.4 million. The digester facility, which cost $22 million to build, opened in 2012 as the first large facility in Michigan to accept organic waste from companies and turn it into renewable energy.

A power purchase agreement for the energy the plant produces remains in place with Consumers Energy, but the next step will be finding firms in the area to provide feedstock to power the facility. (Source: Generate Capital, MiBiz, 14 May, 2017) Contact: Generate Capital, www.generatecapital.com; NOVI Energy, (248)735-6684, www.novienergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Generate Capital,  NOVI Energy,  


Consumers Energy Boasts Energy Efficient LED Lighting Campaign (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-04-10
As part of its "Light the Moment with ENERGY STAR -- Buy a Bulb, Give a Bulb" campaign, Jackson, Michigan-headquartered Consumers Energy will distribute up to 150,000 high-efficiency LED bulbs free of charge to Michigan families through area food banks. Last October, the utility donated 75,000 LED bulbs to a previous "Buy a Bulb, Give a Bulb" campaign, according to a Consumers Energy release.

Michigan homes and businesses have saved more than $1 billion on their energy bills since 2009 through Consumers Energy's energy efficiency programs, according to the release. (Source: Consumers Energy, PR, 6 April, 2017) Contact: Consumers Energy, Theresa Schmidt, Director Residential Energy Efficiency Operations, www.consumersenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


Free Nonprofits Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2016-12-19
Jackson, Michigan-headquartered public utility Consumers Energy reports it performed free energy efficiency upgrades to 541 facilities under its Nonprofit and House of Worship Initiative, in 2016.

The program was launched four years ago to help food banks, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, churches, senior centers and others. These organizations got free energy efficiency upgrades and incentives for projects that amounted to more than $975,000 in 2016. Since the programs inception, Consumers Energy has spent $2.375 million on the projects at 1,300 places of worship and nonprofit organizations which have enjoyed more than $1.5 million in annual energy savings and incentives, accoprding to the utility. (Source: Consumers Energy, Blog, 3BL Media/Justmeans, 16 Dec., 2016) Contact: Consumers Energy, Tim Sparks, VP Energy Supply, www.ConsumersEnergy.com; www.ConsumersEnergy.com/CARE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

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