A new initiative in Michigan to encourage and guide individuals and businesses in the clean energy transition has been launched by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Called MI Power Grid, the initiative will serve as a centralized source of information and is designed to engage utility customers and other stakeholders to help them integrate new clean energy technologies. It will also produce commentary to help utilities optimize grid investments for reliable and affordable electricity service.

The MIPowerGrid website will also provide information on events, MPSC renewable energy actions and participation opportunities.

Over the past decade, Michigan has increased its renewable energy production to well beyond 10% of utility electricity sales, with the two major energy companies, DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy Co., investing billions of dollars in wind, solar and other clean energy sources. . Utilities are expected to exceed the 15% mark for renewables by 2021.

DTE and Consumers have replaced more than a dozen coal-fired power plants with other relatively cleaner sources of electricity. DTE is building a natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County and has said it is possible to build another, although it has not yet been decided. Consumers will invest fully in wind and solar. Utilities also reduce greenhouse gases through waste reduction and efficiency programs.

MPSC President Sally Talberg said it is important for state government to provide input from a wide variety of perspectives as MI Power Grid is helping to shape the energy future of the world. ‘State.

“The transformation of the energy industry is exciting and will bring many benefits to residential and commercial customers,” said Talberg. “MI Power Grid will ensure Michigan residents and businesses are equipped with the tools and information to reap the benefits of clean energy.”

In addition to offering information to customers, Talberg said the commission will also work with utilities, solar and wind developers, electric vehicle charging companies, battery and alternative energy companies to develop more ‘options for consumers and better management of energy resources.

“Prioritizing clean energy in Michigan will help us grow our economy, create jobs and protect our overall public health,” Whitmer said in a statement. “And if we are to call Michigan a leader in clean, reliable power, we must update our state’s electricity grid. MI Power Grid will serve as a critical tool to help us achieve this goal and ensure that people and businesses have the resources they need. they need to switch to clean energy. I am ready and looking forward to working closely with MPSC as we take further steps towards a more sustainable future. “

Talberg said the state is keen to work with a wide range of stakeholders on the clean energy transition.

“Customers want to have more say in power generation and energy cost management” through waste reduction and energy efficiency programs, said Talberg.

MI Power Grid will serve as a benchmark for regulations and programs to educate the public and businesses involved in the future of clean energy, she said.

“We see customers being at the center of this transition and we want to make sure that we actively engage and educate them,” said Talberg.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that DTE has only one currently approved and ongoing natural gas power plant.