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Consumers Energy helping customers shift energy use through smart thermostat program

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Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, announced a partnership with Google and Uplight to provide smart thermostats to 100,000 households in Michigan, allowing residents to save energy and money during COVID-19. If successful, the effort could help avoid the need to build new power plants in the region.

The offer is part of Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan, which aims to eliminate coal and achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

The Google Nest Thermostat E’s are available to all residential customers through July 31:

  • Electric customers who receive smart thermostats will be enrolled in the Smart Thermostat Program, which shifts energy usage to off-peak hours on a few days each year.
  • Natural gas-only customers can also receive thermostats.
  • Households that aren’t eligible for a Google Nest Thermostat E can receive a free Consumers Energy Care package.

Also, Consumers Energy is encouraging customers to shift their energy use away from peak times (2-7pm) weekdays in the summer, when demand rises and electricity is more expensive to provide.

Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and CEO said, “We need Michigan to take action to protect the environment and help us avoid building three new power plants over the next generation.”

“By giving away 100,000 thermostats with Google and Uplight, we’re demonstrating that not only can we protect the environment, but we can also help reduce costs for the communities we serve at a time when they need it most,” she added.