Jun 18, 2013

Speak up for Consumers Energy to become a Clean Energy Leader!!


Then we could use your help to tell the MI Public Service Commission (MPSC) that Consumers Energy should berequired  to do more to move toward clean energy! Right now, Consumers under a biennial review of its Renewable Energy Plan that they (and all Michigan utilities) are required to submit every two years regarding their progress toward their goal of 10% renewable power by 2015 (find the electronic docket here if you really want to get into the issue deeply!: http://tinyurl.com/CMSREPlan).  

Over the next few weeks, comments from the public (in particular Consumers ratepayers) can be submitted to the MPSC regarding this plan, giving you a chance to urge that the second largest electric utility put more truly renewable energy in place -- after all, they actually REDUCED the price of the renewable energy they are providing because it was a lot cheaper than they thought!   

 Here are THREE THINGS you can do to help:

1) Participate in a WEBINAR Friday morning, June 21, on Encouraging More Solar as part of Consumers Plan (details TBD)Brad Klein of Environmental Law and Policy Center and Douglas Jester of 5 Lakes Energy are planning a webinar, aimed mainly at the solar industry, to talk about opportunities to urge the MPSC to call for more solar energy as part of the Consumers Energy plan.  Please contact me if you would like to join the webinar (and please join it if you are going to attend the hearing!).

2) Attend the hearing on June 26th, 9 a.m., in Lansing: YOU can offer comments and urge the MPSC to require Michigan's biggest electric utilities to adopt Sustainable Clean Energy Plans so that the people of our state are ready for the future!
MPSC Hearing on Consumers Energy 
Renewable Energy Plan
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th - 9 A.M. 
Constitution Hall, 525 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 
Questions about this? drop Anne Woiwode a note and I'll give you more information (anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org) - I'll be out of town until Saturday but can field your emails while on the road!

3) Submit written comments on line by sending your own letter to the MPSC: Written comments are also being collected by the MPSC, and you can go to our on-line alert to submit a letter (including some of your personal views) by going here: https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=11323

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Want to do something else really cool? Take a tour of the Consumers Energy Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington and you'll learn how the state's second largest utility is benefiting from investing in this clean, renewable energy source. That's why Consumers asked the Michigan Public Service Commission to lower the surcharge for renewable power a couple of years ago--because the cost was coming in much lower than expected! Yet, Consumers is still proposing a new power plant fueled by natural gas AND delaying the "mothballing" of seven coal-fired power plants to keep their coal-burning options open.

Anne Woiwode, State Director, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
109 E. Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906
anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org   office: 517-484-2372 x 11

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