Recently we awarded Grand Rapids Community College with the “Green Generation Customer of the Year” award. This recognizes the fact that the college has purchased more than 4.5 million kilowatt-hours of Michigan-based renewable energy since they joined the Green Generation program in 2009. That amount translates to 15 percent of their total annual electric consumption.
Grand Rapids Community College is the third largest participant in our Green Generation program and the leading participant among all Michigan educational institutions. Our Green Generation program was the first voluntary renewable energy program in Michigan and now has more than 14,500 participants. More than 100 organizations are enrolled in the Green Generation program including the City of Grand Rapids, Wolverine World Wide and the University of Michigan (Flint). The program was launched following authorization by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
The Green Generation program is a great way to support renewable energy by enrolling in the voluntary program and paying a small premium. The program has led to the development of several new renewable energy projects in Michigan, including the state’s largest wind facility, Michigan Wind 1 in the Thumb region. Other Green Generation projects include biomass facilities located near Birch Run, Lennon, Marshall and Zeeland. Consumers Energy also purchases electricity for the program generated by two wind turbines near Mackinaw City. All of the projects are located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and all sources are Green-e certified as renewable.