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Consumers Energy Dedicates Renewable Energy Training Center

Consumers Energy dedicated its new Marshall Training Center, a US $5 million investment that the company says will help prepare utility workers to meet the challenges of the 21st century, including service to the growing renewable energy market. The new Marshall Training Center will use renewable energy and state-of-the-art training techniques for approximately 2,000 utility service workers each year.

The Marshall Training Center is part of Consumers Energy’s US $6.4 billion Growing Forward investment plan for Michigan over the next five years.Full implementation of the Growing Forward plan is tied to approval by the Michigan Legislature of comprehensive energy reform.

“This new training center is a tangible example of Consumers Energy’s US $6.4 billion Growing Forward investment plan for Michigan,” said David Joos, the utility’s CEO. “This positions us well to serve Michigan’s emerging renewable energy market and provide excellent, 21st century training for our employees.”

Consumers Energy anticipates a significant increase in coming years in the number of small-scale renewable energy installations in its Michigan service area. The renewable energy features at the Marshall Training Center will be used to train electric service workers and lineworkers in the basic operation of wind and solar power systems. That will include training on how privately owned wind and solar power systems can safely interconnect with Consumers Energy’s electric system.