Consumers Energy Works with Michigan State University to Make Transition from Coal to Natural Gas as Energy Source
Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy's vice president and chief customer officer.
"We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our friends at MSU to help them 'Go Green,' meeting the needs of their campus and academic community sustainably."
Lou Anna Simon announced today that the university will fuel the Simon power plant with natural gas. Consumers Energy is playing an important role in the transition, upgrading its natural gas system to ensure the plant has a reliable fuel supply.
Consumers Energy has been taking other steps to meet MSU's long-term energy needs:
- Building the new Spartan Substation that will provide backup power to the campus when it goes into service later this year. It ultimately will power the university's Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, which is under construction.
- Through its energy efficiency programs, Consumers Energy has provided MSU with rebates worth over
\\$1 milliontoward projects that reduce energy use.
- MSU and Consumers Energy are working together on a two-year pilot program to explore how storage batteries can be used to improve system reliability.
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Consumers Energy this week also is retiring its seven oldest coal plants, reducing the company's carbon footprint by 25 percent and air emissions by 40 percent. The seven plants are among 25 that are closing in