Consumers Energy Chief Sees Solar Future in Michigan

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Consumers Energy Chief Sees Solar Future in Michigan

By Jim Malewitz
Patti Poppe used to run coal plants for DTE Energy. Now she’s CEO of CMS Energy and subsidiary Consumers Energy. Her company vows to retire all of its coal plants by 2040, filling the void solely with renewable energy and tools like efficiency. (Bridge photo by Jim Malewitz)

Patti Poppe used to run coal plants for DTE Energy. Now she’s CEO of CMS Energy and subsidiary Consumers Energy. Her company vows to retire all of its coal plants by 2040, filling the void solely with renewable energy and tools like efficiency. (Bridge photo by Jim Malewitz)

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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am

CAMPAIGN: Consumers Energy | Energy for the Future

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Patti Poppe likes to joke about the bumper sticker she once stuck on her Chevy Volt electric hybrid car: “I ♥ coal.”

These days, the sticker sits in Poppe’s office at Consumers Energy’s headquarters in her hometown of Jackson. It’s a symbol of her personal evolution on climate change — and the transformation she’s leading at Michigan’s largest natural gas and power provider.

Poppe is the CEO of Consumers Energy’s and its corporate umbrella CMS Energy. The company serves natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million residents across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, and it’s rapidly weaning itself from fossil fuels in favor of cheaper, renewable power that doesn’t spew heat-trapping gasses linked to climate change.

Similar trends are playing out across the country as coal-fired power plants become too expensive to operate and climate concerns grow. But Consumers’ carbon-cutting ambition stands out.

Click here to read more about Consumers Energy's switch to renewable resources.

CATEGORY: Energy