Michigan International Speedway, Consumers Energy are Winning with Renewable Energy

 

It’s official– the fastest track in NASCAR is going green! Michigan International Speedway (MIS) plans to improve Michigan’s environment with the help of Consumers Energy. MIS will match 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable energy made in Michigan, part of our Green Generation program.

Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy Vice President of Customer Experience, Rates and Regulation, joins Roger Curtis, President of Michigan International Speedway, on Aug. 17 to announce plans to get on track for a greener Michigan.
Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy Vice President of Customer Experience, Rates and Regulation, joins Roger Curtis, President of Michigan International Speedway, on Aug. 17 to announce plans to get on track for a greener Michigan.

MIS is on track to a greener Michigan by:

  • Allowing Consumers Energy to provide NASCAR fans with charging cell phone stations
  • Planting more than 3,000 trees for each of the two race weekends in Michigan
  • Working with Consumers Energy to identify ways to cut energy use
  • Looking into the development of wind, solar and other renewable energy generation at the racetrack
  • Teaming with Consumers Energy to provide energy efficiency tips to more than 2,200 campsites in and around the racetrack

Where does Green Generation Come From?

Michigan-based wind power provides about 75 percent of the energy for Consumers Energy’s Green Generation program. Michigan-based landfill gas provides approximately 25% of the energy for the Green Generation program. Methane gas is formed as part of the waste decomposition process in landfills. This gas is used to power generators that create energy.

Here are a couple facts about wind generation you need to know:

  1. Wind power has been the fastest-growing source of energy in the world since 1990
  2. Michigan is ranked in the top 20 U.S. states for wind-power potential
  3. Over 100 Consumers Energy wind turbines will be operational in Michigan by 2015
  4. A wind turbine (blade and tower) can be as tall as a football field is long (over 300 feet)

Check out how to enroll in Consumers Energy’s Green Generation Program.