Consumers Energy provides the most green power among Michigan utilities.
A state law requires utilities to get 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar by the year 2015.
So far, Consumers Energy is at 4.7 percent, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. DTE Energy is at 2.5 percent. Across the state, 3.63 percent of Michigan’s energy comes from renewables.
Consumers Energy operates its largest generating complex, the coal-fired Karn-Weadock plants, in Bay County’s Hampton Township.
The utility has contracted for 396 megawatts of renewable energy, mostly wind power.
In other energy news, plans for Michigan-made wind turbines are off to a good start.
The Public Service Commission has approved power purchase agreements between Consumers Energy and Heritage Sustainable Energy. The agreements, totaling 41 megawatts, are for Garden Wind Farm in Delta County and Stoney Corners 2 in Missaukee and Osceola counties.