Jackson, Mich., August 27, 2009 — Consumers Energy has asked the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve power supply contracts with six new Michigan-based renewable energy projects to be owned and operated by third parties.
The six projects represent a total of 9.4 MW of capacity and 65,000 MWh of renewable energy annually for up to 20 years. That’s enough power to supply about 8,000 residential customers.
This new green power will help Consumers Energy move forward in meeting the requirements of the Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act of 2008.
That law requires that all state electric providers by 2015 have 10 percent of their power supply come from Michigan-based renewable energy. About 4 percent of the power that Consumers Energy currently supplies to customers comes from Michigan-based renewable sources, including wind, biomass, hydro, landfill gas and anaerobic digestion.
The six new projects, all in Michigan and none affiliated with Consumers Energy, are:
“- A landfill gas generation project, owned and operated by Okemos, Mich.-based North American Natural Resources, located at the Venice Park Landfill, in Lennon.
“- A hydroelectric generation project, leased and operated by Northville, Mich.- based Elk Rapids Hydroelectric Power, LLC, located in Elk Rapids.
“- An anaerobic digestion generation project, owned and operated by Novi, Mich.- based Fremont Community Digestor, LLC, located in Fremont.
“- An anaerobic digestion generation project, owned and operated by Hamilton, Mich.-based Scenic View Dairy, LLC, located in Kent County’s Boone Township, near Freeport. Scenic View Dairy is being assisted by Phase 3 Renewables, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
“- A landfill gas generation project, owned and operated by Zeeland, Mich.-based Zeeland Farm Services, Inc., located in Ottawa County.
“- A landfill gas generation project, owned and operated by Houston, Texas-based WM Renewable Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., located at the Northern Oaks Landfill in Harrison.
Consumers Energy, a unit of CMS Energy, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.