Consumers Energy is creating a cleaner, leaner vision to serve our customers for decades to come.

That means imagining how our state’s energy landscape will look in five, 10 and 15 years, and developing a smart, flexible strategy to provide the power Michigan needs — no matter what the future brings.

As part of Michigan’s new energy law, we are developing an Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, that will serve as a long-term tool for supplying affordable, reliable energy to customers throughout the state.

The IRP process includes brainstorming with customers and key stakeholders to develop the IRP and build deeper understanding of our shared goals.

We’re hosting two public forums designed to gather thoughts, ideas and opinions about how best to tackle challenges and embrace opportunities in the quickly transforming energy industry:

  • The first forum took place on Jan. 29 in East Lansing.
  • The second is slated for Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the John G. Russell Leadership Training Center, 120 Front Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.
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The first public forum took place on Jan. 29 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

We’ll share more about what’s happening at Consumers Energy and how factors such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas are helping us provide world-class performance and hometown service for customers.

Attendees can talk with company experts on a variety of energy topics. This is a drop-in event and no RSVP is necessary.

“The IRP will help set the foundation for serving customers and guide key decisions in the coming years,” said Brandon Hofmeister, Senior Vice President of Governmental, Regulatory and Public Affairs. “The plan will align with our ‘triple bottom line’ of people, the planet and profit. Ultimately, our goal is a strategic vision that makes sense for our company, our customers and our state.”

We plan to provide the IRP to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in mid-2018. Once we’ve filed, the MPSC has about one year to review the plan and determine whether we’ve developed the most reasonable and prudent strategy to serve our customers.

We look forward to meeting you and hearing more about your ideas on Feb. 12.

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