Consumers Energy plans to help businesses use 100 percent renewable energy

JACKSON, MICH. - Consumers Energy appears to be making good on its commitment to a clean future by working with the new Switch Data Center.

Switch, which opened in the former Steelcase pyramid building in March, wants to be powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

The utility proposed a new program on Monday, May 15, that would allow large businesses to match their energy use with renewable energy sources.

According to a press release, the program offers a blueprint for Switch and other businesses that make renewable energy commitments:

  • Those businesses would help defray the costs for new renewable energy sources
  • This would result in new renewable energy in Michigan, in addition to the 10 percent of Consumers Energy’s energy supply that already comes from clean sources
  • This is a pilot program that could be expanded if there’s enough customer interest

Consumers Energy currently provides 10 percent of customers’ energy use from renewable sources.

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Kayla Fortney is a digital producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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