Wolverine State Turning From Coal To Solar

The population of the “Wolverine State,” Michigan is estimated to be 9.91 million people. In March 2020, state utilities used coal (33.1%), nuclear (32.5%), natural gas (24.0%), and renewable energy (10.4%) to generate electricity. Wind, hydropower, and biomass are the primary sources of renewable energy in Michigan.

Michigan’s reliance on coal and nuclear energy contributes to state’s high electricity costs. In March 2020, the average cost for residential electricity in Michigan was U.S. 16.05 ¢ per kWh, twelfth most expensive state in America. The average price for residential electricity in the United States in March 2020 was 13.08 ¢ per kWh.

Concerns over climate change has prompted state legislators to pass laws designed to accelerate the move from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Michigan has now implemented financial incentive programs for renewable energy, like wind and solar. In February 2017, Michigan legislators enacted Public Act 295, which requires all state utilities to generate to 15% of all electricity sales from renewable energy by 2021.

Geronimo Energy has signed power purchase agreements with Consumer Electric to provide clean, green energy from two solar projects in Michigan. The two solar projects will be built in Clinton County and Monroe County, located approximately 90 miles northwest and 40 miles southwest of Detroit, Michigan. The two solar projects are expected to be fully operational by year end 2020.

Geronimo Energy is a renewable energy company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Geronimo Energy is a subsidiary of National Grid plc, a multinational utility, headquartered in London, England.

The cost of coal is now more than triple the cost for onshore wind, solar or hydropower. Coal ash from coal-fired power plants is also a major risk to pollute ground water. Minerals in the coal ash, like arsenic, lead and mercury can leach into the ground water, polluting drinking water. Utilities in the United States are abandoning coal-fired power plants for compelling environmental and economic reasons.

Jack Kerfoot

Website – “Our Energy Conundrum”



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