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As published in Toledo Business Journal - September 1, 2018

Part of the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County

Part of the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County

CMS Energy adds two large wind parks

CMS Energy, a Michigan-based corporation, has added two new planned wind energy parks to its portfolio that will produce up to 250 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy.

“CMS Energy is committed to our triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity, and we are excited to support all three by increasing the renewable energy we supply using wind power,” said Patti Poppe, CMS Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “We are showing it is possible to provide affordable world-class products and service to customers while being responsible corporate citizens.”

Northwest Ohio Wind Project

“CMS Enterprises’ ownership of the Ohio project enhances the longstanding relationship between GM and CMS Energy,” said Rob Threlkeld, head of global renewable energy for General Motors. “The Ohio project will play a key role in offsetting carbon emissions from seven GM plants in the Midwest and help enable GM to use renewable energy to power 20% of our facilities globally, demonstrating GM’s commitment toward meeting our goal of 100% renewables by 2050.”

Gratiot Farms Wind Project

Earlier this year, Consumers Energy announced major clean energy goals, including reducing carbon emissions by 80% and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040. Recently, Consumers Energy also announced its plans to increase renewable energy to 37% by 2030 and 43% by 2040 through additional investments in wind and solar energy.

CMS Enterprises also takes a leadership role in development, ownership, and operation of renewable energy with its clean and lean strategy, noted the corporation. It owns and operates more than 1,100 MW of generation nationwide, including solar plants in Michigan and Wisconsin, natural gas and co-generation facilities, and two renewable energy biomass plants in Michigan and one in North Carolina.

National Recognition

Part of the Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County

An independent national survey has named Consumers Energy as a “Most Trusted Brand,” ranking it as a top utility in the Midwest and in the top 15 in the nation among providers of electricity and natural gas according to business customers.

“We are honored our small, medium, and large customers are telling us they appreciate our effort to make Michigan a compelling place to do business,” said Brian Rich, CMS senior vice president of customer experience.

The results were released by Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International, and are based on business customer surveys. Nationally, 60 combination energy utilities were named as “Most Trusted Brands.”

Last year, Consumers Energy was also ranked by Market Strategies International as fourth in the nation among providers of electricity and natural gas among residential customers.

CMS Energy is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses through CMS Enterprises.