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Consumers Energy Committed to Cleaner Energy

Friday, May 4, 2018  
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Calling global climate change a very "real threat," Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe told the crowd at April’s Lansing Economic Club her organization is making a demonstrated commitment to clean and renewable energy, and practices that encourage customers to conserve energy.

“We are the only business that encourages people to use less of our product,” said Poppe.

Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy, shares powerful business advice to more than 400 business and community leaders at Lansing Economic Club.

Poppe said the utility is undergoing a major transformation that will result in reliable and cleaner energy for the future.

“We retired seven coal plants in 2016, which is more than any other utility in the country,” said Poppe. “That has reduced carbon emissions by 38 percent.”

Consumers Energy is also a national leader in the commitment to renewable energy, which Poppe said is not as expensive as many people think. Consumers Clean Energy Plan is designed to help maintain affordable and reliable supplies of electricity for Michigan’s families and businesses.

“We plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by the year 2040, which is a decade ahead of the Paris accords,” said Poppe.

Consumers is actively engaged in supporting economic development issues in Michigan. Poppe said she is excited about Mayor Andy Schor’s plans for the city and looks forward to working with him. She said Consumers philosophy is what is good for Michigan is good for their business.

“We win when Michigan wins,” said Poppe. “We only grow as a company when you are growing.”

Consumers is also a national leader in workforce development. The company has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in its Talent Pipeline Management program, which seeks to help companies in local communities work with educators to identify and secure the talent they will need to fill and keep jobs in the years to come.

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