CMS Energy is the second largest supplier of renewable energy in Michigan, with about 10 percent of the power we supply to customers coming from wind, solar, hydro and biomass. We’re on track to comply with Michigan's 10 percent Renewable Standard by 2015.
Highlights of our investments, goals and accolades in the environment, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability include:
- Being named one of the most sustainable companies in the utility industry, ranking in the first quartile when compared with 24 peer companies from around the United States, and in 2015, listed as the second most sustainable utility in the United States;
- Saving Michigan homes and businesses $1 billion through energy efficiency programs launched in 2009;
- Between the start of our emissions reductions programs and 2020, we will reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 90 percent, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 88 percent, particulate matter (PM) by 97 percent, mercury emissions by 83 percent, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 26 percent;
- Commitment to investing $15.5 billion over the next 10 years in areas such as reliability, renewable energy, environmental quality, and energy efficiency;
- Commitment to biomass energy, a renewable energy using any organic matter, including agricultural crops and residues and farm waste. Biomass fuels produce fewer emissions, extend the life of landfills and lower environmental impacts;
- Goal to reduce our water intensity (the amount of water used to produce a megawatt hour) by 17 percent by 2017 and a 20 percent reduction by 2020;
- Commercial operation in December 2014 of our second wind farm, the 111 MW Cross Winds® Energy Park in Tuscola County;
- Launched two solar garden projects, at Grand Valley State University and the other at Western Michigan University;
- Investment of $1.3 billion in emissions reduction work at our Campbell and Karn generating plants;
- Advocacy Excellence Award — Edison Electric Institute has awarded CMS Energy its Advocacy Excellence Award for the company’s “3 E’s campaign, which stresses the important link between reliable and affordable energy, a cleaner environment and a strong economy;
- Power Plant Hall of Fame — Grayling Generating Station has been inducted into Power magazine’s Power Plant Hall of Fame for the plant’s innovative design of its wastewater system and for using waste wood to produce energy.
A clean environment, sustainable energy policy and solid economy are tightly linked. Balancing these priorities is critical to CMS Energy, our employees, our communities, and our partners.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Clean Corporate Citizen (C3). CMS Energy participates in The Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) program, a voluntary program to promote proactive environmental management that can be implemented by any organization. The C3 program requires our facilities to be in compliance.
Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3). MBP3 certification is awarded by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in recognition of voluntary pollution prevention efforts. The Parnall office complex and Whiting generating plants participate in MBP3.
Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). CMS Energy is an active member and the first large energy utility to join WHC in 1988. Most of our Company’s facilities are WHC-certified and WHC has recognized our programs, including our successful trumpeter swan reintroduction program.
Visit our Sustainability website and view our 2016 Sustainability Report for more ways CMS Energy is committed to the environment and meeting Michigan’s future energy needs.