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Switch increases renewables commitment, joins Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles

Data center company Switch's newest Michigan data center will be powered by 100% renewable energy, the company said Jan. 21. Switch has also become a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles. Switch is working with local utility Consumers Energy, a subsidary of CMS Energy Corp., t Read More...

Michigan utility reportedly developing program for C&Is that want more renewable options

One of Michigan's two biggest utilities, Consumers Energy is reportedly working on a new program aimed at helping its largest customers obtain more of their electricity from renewable sources. News site MiBiz reported April 3 that the investor-owned utility has been interviewing large Read More...

Michigan utility celebrates 1st solar site, state's largest community project

Michigan may not be one of the highest ranked states for solar generation, but supportive renewable energy policies and growing pressure from corporations looking for more access to clean energy may be moving the needle.On June 10, Consumers Energy held a celebration for its first solar po Read More...

Utility launches 100% RE program for big businesses

One of Michigan's largest utility's, Consumers Energy, on Sept. 22 announced a new program to help large businesses be powered 100% by renewable energy.The news follows a flurry of announcements from utilities in recent weeks regarding new programs designed to cater to increasing demand from large c Read More...

GM banks $2.6M in utility rebates for energy upgrades

Following the implementation of 28 energy efficiency projects at its assembly plant in Flint, Mich., in 2017, General Motors has received an incentive payment of $2.6 million from the plant's utility, Consumers Energy. The payment from Consumers sweetens the economics of the energy efficiency i Read More...

GM and Switch partner on MI green tariff

General Motors and Switch are the first companies to participate in a new Consumers Energy program to help large businesses use large RE sources. Both companies are now matching 100 percent of their electric use at key operations in Michigan with wind-generated power.The energy used at Swi Read More...

Close collaboration leads to green tariff that works for businesses and utilities

Data centers are a fast-growing source of energy consumption. While today they consume 2% of the electricity in the US, by 2030 that figure is expected to grow to 10%. Switch, a technology infrastructure corporation that designs, builds and operates the world’s highest-rated and most adva Read More...

Western Michigan University premieres battery storage project

Western Michigan University started operation on Sept. 19 of a new large-scale battery at its Parkview campus. The 1-megawatt battery’s output is about the amount of electricity used by approximately 1,000 residential customers in an hour. The project was implemented by Consumers Energy."Advan Read More...

Michigan’s first rooftop solar + storage premieres

Michigan’s first-ever rooftop solar array and battery storage system has begun operation at the Bridge Street Market and adjoining buildings within Circuit West, a 13-block district of Grand Rapids. The system includes nearly 1,800 solar panels accompanied nearby by a 500-kilowatt battery.A re Read More...

Michigan utility pilots battery storage project

Consumers Energy recently partnered with Sunverge, a Distributed Energy Resource control and aggregation platform, on a project to deploy its behind-the-meter platform with a Consumers Energy residential battery storage pilot.The effort was made in an attempt to modernize Michigan’s electric g Read More...

Amazon, AT&T, IKEA, others join electric vehicle alliance

Amazon, AT&T, Clif Bar, Consumers Energy, DHL, Direct Energy, Genentech, IKEA North America, LeasePlan, Lime, and Siemens have joined an alliance to encourage the transition to electric vehicles by making commitments to fleet electrification.The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance was created by Read More...

Consumers Energy commits to net zero emissions by 2040

In a groundbreaking move by a utility, Consumers Energy announced Feb. 24 a new goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2040.To achieve this goal, the Michigan utility plan to eliminate coal, boost renewable fuel sources and encourage customers to reduce energy use and waste. Their 2019 Cle Read More...

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