Consumers Energy Leaving it Better with Statewide Sustainability Efforts

Posted on April 22, 2014. Filed under: Company Operations, Electric Generation, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Environment, Natural Gas, sustainability | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Consumers Energy is reducing water use at its power plants. Employees Brad Plummer, left, and Marc Owczarak, right, stand at a 100,000-gallon byproduct conditioning water tank at the D.E. Karn Plant near Bay City, Mich.

Consumers Energy is reducing water use at its power plants. Employees Brad Plummer, left, and Marc Owczarak, right, stand at a 100,000-gallon byproduct conditioning water tank at the D.E. Karn Plant near Bay City, Mich.

As America celebrates Earth Day, we’re reducing our environmental footprint through a series of sustainability efforts focused at electric generating plants across Michigan.

By 2017, we expect to reduce water use at Consumers Energy power plants by 17 percent and by 20 percent in 2020.

At the D.E. Karn Plant near Bay City, a project is nearing completion to use recycled water and lime while also improving the environment. This system reflects industry-best standards for the treatment of the plant’s flue gas to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions.

This project is an excellent example of our focus on sustainability and our promise to leave it better than we found it.

The system will be operational this summer. If it proves successful, a similar system will be considered at the J.H. Campbell Generating Complex near West Olive.

Meanwhile more than $700 million in investments at the Campbell site continue to improve air quality and reduce plant emissions. Multiyear projects are scheduled to be complete in 2016.

Our 10-year, $1.3 billion investment in emissions reduction work at Campbell and Karn coupled with other sustainability measures will mean an even brighter future for Michigan’s environment.

We’re also undertaking additional activities to further reduce our greenhouse gas footprint, including:

  • The planned retirement in April 2016 of seven smaller coal-fired generating units; The planned purchase of a natural gas-fired plant in Jackson
  • Plug-in electric vehicle programs
  • A compressed natural gas fueling station and fleet conversions
  • Natural gas pipeline and storage infrastructure upgrades
  • All new buildings being LEED certified
  • Electric grid modernization efforts, including smart meters

Reducing air emissions

Using 2007 as a baseline year, we’re working toward these emission reductions by 2020:

  • Sulfur dioxide , 84 percent
  • Oxides of nitrogen, 72 percent
  • Mercury, 83 percent

We’re also projecting more than a 20 percent reduction in our carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.


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