December 2007 - The Grand Rapids City Commission approved a resolution to obtain 20% of its electricity from Michigan-based renewable energy sources next year by enrolling in Consumers Energy's Green Generation program. To offset the cost of the renewable energy, the city is exploring strategies with the utility to reduce its peak load requirements.
Power for the Green Generation program is supplied from several Michigan-based landfill gas facilities and two wind turbines located near Mackinaw City. Currently, 11,400 of the utility's customers participate in the Green-e certified program, which was launched in September 2005.
News Release - Grand Rapids Enrolls In Consumers Energy's Green Generation Program: Largest Participant In Michigan-Based Renewable Energy Effort
City of Grand Rapids Contacts:
George Heartwell, Mayor, (616) 456-3164
Eric DeLong, Deputy City Manager, (616) 456-3119
Consumers Energy Contacts:
Timothy J. Pietryga (616) 530-4364
Dan Bishop (517) 788-2395