Consumers Energy Developing Renewable Energy with New Anaerobic Digester Program

A graphic from the American Biogas Council offers a look at how anaerobic digesters work.
A graphic from the American Biogas Council offers a look at how anaerobic digesters work.

Consumers Energy is looking to farms and other facilities to grow renewable energy in Michigan with a new anaerobic digester pilot program.

Anaerobic digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material such as animal and food waste. The process could be used by agricultural operations, wastewater treatment facilities, and food producers who are interested in learning about turning waste into renewable energy.

In November, we co-hosted an informational forum on the subject with Michigan State University.

We expect to buy 2.4 megawatts of electric capacity from anaerobic digesters selected through this program. It is open to only our electric customers. Applications will be accepted April 1 through June 2.

An informational session for this program will take place at 2 p.m. April 8 at the Henry Center, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing. The session will be webcast for those unable to attend. Learn more at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/EARP.

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SOLAR SELECTIONS: Consumers Energy has selected 19 solar-powered projects offered by Michigan homeowners to supply renewable energy. Projects in 12 counties – Calhoun, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lenawee, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa – were selected.

UPCOMING: An informational session about Consumers Energy’s residential solar program will start at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Henry Center, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing. This event is open to the public and will be webcast. Electric customers, renewable energy installers and anyone interested in customer-installed solar generating systems can attend. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/EARP.