Comcast to source renewable electricity for half of Michigan operations

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Courtesy Comcast

A telecom company unveiled a new sustainability effort focused on renewable electricity.

Comcast recently said it entered into agreements with Consumers Energy and DTE Energy to purchase wind and solar energy for its cable operations in Michigan.

Together, the agreements will allow Comcast to power half of its Michigan operations with carbon-free energy, including Grand Rapids, Grandville, Wyoming, Comstock Park, Belding and Muskegon.

Comcast’s participation in both programs will be supported by new, Michigan-made renewable energy projects. The projects represent a combined annual volume of approximately 52,000 megawatt-hours — equivalent to one year’s worth of electricity use for more than 7,000 homes.

“Here in Michigan and across the country, we are bringing more renewable energy solutions online to support a healthier environment in all of the communities we serve,” said Kristee Cominiello, senior vice president of Comcast’s Heartland region, which includes Michigan. “This agreement will allow us to support Michigan’s clean energy economy while advancing toward Comcast’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2035.”

Through the partnership, Consumers Energy will supply Comcast with approximately 30,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually for 10 years through its Large Customer Renewable Energy Program, covering a majority of Comcast Cable’s operations in central and western Michigan.

DTE Energy will supply Comcast with approximately 22,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually for 10 years through its MIGreenPower program, covering most of Comcast Cable’s operations in and around Detroit.

In addition to agreements already in place, Comcast said it will continue to invest in clean energy solutions to decrease its carbon footprint.

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