Dan Bishop, director of media relations at Consumers Energy, provided the following statement to the Business Journal:
“Consumers Energy is favorably positioned to meet the carbon emissions targets in the EPA’s revised Clean Power Plan. We are an industry leader in transitioning from coal to cleaner energy sources by retiring our seven oldest coal plants next year, or 30 percent of our coal fleet; buying a natural gas plant in Jackson; and continuing investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as wind and solar. We also are spending $2 billion at our five remaining coal plants to ensure ongoing clean air improvements.
“We are reviewing the announced changes to the Clean Power Plan, with a specific review of proposed compliance requirements. We will work with state and federal regulators to ensure that our actions are consistent with Michigan’s energy strategy. Today’s announcement (August 3) underscores the urgent need for a new Michigan-first energy policy that provides affordability, reliability and flexibility for the 6.6 million Michigan residents and businesses we serve.”