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Michigan public utility company to go zero coal

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Staff Writer | February 20, 2018
Coal will no longer be used as an energy source for Michigan residents as more renewables come on stream in the decades ahead, a utility company said.
Consumers Energy
Energy   A 38 percent reduction in carbon intensity
Public utility company Consumers Energy, which provides gas and electricity to about 60 percent of the state population, said it would no longer be using coal as a power source by 2040. By then, the company said it expects more than 40 percent of its provided energy will come from renewable resources.

President and CEO Patti Poppe said commitments to date have led to a 38 percent reduction in carbon intensity, but that's not enough.

"Our actions speak louder than words and we have a track record of doing more than is required," she said in a statement.

A "leaner vision," which the company said it would spell out in more detail later this year, calls for a greater emphasis on wind and solar power reserves. The company already operates two wind farms in the state and utility scale solar facilities on two university campuses.