Bioenergy, Project Development, Wind Power

Utility’s Renewable Energy Seeks Wind and Landfill Gas

[] Consumers Energy has reached supply purchase agreements for renewable energy with five independent developers proposing seven projects serving 68 counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula (10 million residents). The electricity generated by these renewable facilities will be part of Consumers Energy’s new Green Generation program, which will be offered to customers in late September. The projects represent approximately 238,000 MWh annually, enough electric capacity to serve an estimated 30,000 residential customers. 75 percent of the contracted capacity will be from wind power, while the remainder will come from landfill gas facilities. The contracted projects could increase the amount of renewable energy purchased by Consumers Energy by about 13 percent. Currently, approximately five percent of the electric capacity generated or purchased by the utility comes from renewable energy sources.