GM has joined Consumers Energy in using clean energy to power its Michigan operations.
The General, along with several other Michigan-based businesses, has agreed to match its energy use with wind and solar energy that Consumers Energy produces. Thus far, participating companies have committed nearly 380 MW of emissions-free renewable energy. This helps to support their own sustainability goals, and serves to benefit local communities.
“Consumers Energy is powering Michigan’s clean energy transformation, and we’re doing it with employers who are catalysts to add clean energy sources,” Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience Lauren Snyder was quoted as saying. “Their promises are making positive change happen even faster and building on our industry-leading Clean Energy Plan to develop new carbon-free energy sources here in Michigan.”
Consumers Energy estimates that participation in this initiative will be the equivalent to removing emissions from over 85,000 cars annually, and will bring significant environmental benefits to the state.
As reference, Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest energy provider, delivering natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million residents in the state. In regard to the Business Renewable Energy Program, this initiative uses solar and wind energy to provide a cost-effective, flexible, and turnkey solution for businesses and companies looking to reach their sustainability goals.
This new initiative from General Motors lines up with the Detroit-based automaker’s plan to power all of its U.S.-based facilities with renewable energy by the 2025 calendar year. Through this plan of action, GM hopes to decarbonize its business. More specifically, this means that The General has expectations to increase overall energy efficiency, create energy storage solutions, address fluctuations in power grids, and further expand access to renewable energies. As of October 2022, GM had sourcing agreements with 16 renewable energy plants across 10 U.S. states.