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Michigan's Biggest Utility Company To Shut Down Coal Power Plants By 2040

By Brian Spaen

Michigan’s largest public utility company, Consumers Energy, has made the commitment to stop burning coal by 2040. By doing so, 80 percent of carbon emissions would be reduced when the goal approaches. Along with DTE Energy, these services are looking to move away from coal as the primary source of energy generation in Michigan.

Consumers Energy provides power to 60 percent of residents in the state. By 2040, they plan to run on 40 percent renewable sources such as solar and wind production. They do not include hydropower in that mix, which they will also be using, along with natural gas and improved efficiency methods.

"We believe that climate change is real and we can do our part by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and we also believe it doesn't have to cost more to do it," Consumers Energy president Patti Poppe told The Associated Press. "We believe we're going to be on the right side of history on this issue."