Local energy companies working towards cleaner future

(WLNS) – The Lansing Board of Water and Light and Consumers Energy will have to put President Barack Obama’s plan into action.

These companies have already been working to have cleaner practices from closing down some of their coal powered plants to lowering emissions

So when the specifics of the plan come out they could already be in pretty good shape.

Consumers Energy might be ahead of the curve when it comes to clean energy.

By April of next year they plan to close seven of their oldest coal powered plants and that plan has been in place well before President Obama announced his clean power plan Monday afternoon.

“We don’t know the final details yet Consumers believes that we’re well positioned in terms of the new rules that will be announced,” said Dan Bishop, Consumers Energy.

Consumers is also investing in renewable energy.

They just bought a natural gas plant on the east side of Jackson and they say it will benefit not just the environment, but the customer.

“This facility that we see behind us it’s operating – it operates very well – we’ve been able to purchase it at one quarter the cost of building a new facility so this is very good news for our customers,” said Bishop.

In Lansing the BWL is also looking at the effect of the president’s new plan.

They said in a statement, “the BWL will study today’s proposed new coal rules by President Obama to determine what impact that they may have on the BWL and its ratepayers.”

But opponents of the Clean Power Plan including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette say the plan will raise energy prices and put jobs at risk.

Consumers says it’s something they’re keeping an eye on.

“We’re very cognizant of that cause we need industry we need business to succeed in order for Michigan’s economy to come back,” said Bishop.

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