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General Motors and Switch participate in Consumers Energy's renewable energy program

Published 09 March 2018

General Motors and Switch have participated in Consumers Energy's program to help large businesses use renewable energy sources to power their operations.

Both companies are now matching 100 percent of their electric use at key operations in Michigan with wind-generated power.

The energy used at Switch's Pyramid Campus, a 1.8 million-square-foot data center campus in Grand Rapids, and General Motors' Flint Metal Center and Flint Engine Operations is matched entirely with energy produced by Cross Winds Energy Park II, which went into operation this year in Tuscola County, in Michigan's Thumb.

Consumers Energy operations senior vice president Garrick Rochow said: "Switch and General Motors are leading the way for companies that want to operate efficiently in a competitive environment, yet also make and meet commitments to our planet.

"We look forward to providing clean energy that will power Switch, General Motors and other large businesses that choose Michigan to locate and grow."

Sustainably running the internet has been a bedrock principle of Switch since founder and CEO Rob Roy started the company in 2000.

Switch strategy executive vice president Adam Kramer said: "It was a pleasure to work with Consumers Energy to continue Switch's commitment to using 100% new, local renewable energy resources to power our data centers," .

Consumers Energy's new renewable energy program for large businesses was approved last year by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

General Motors Sustainable Workplaces vice president Dane Parker said: "Corporations have a leadership opportunity to help accelerate and scale renewable energy, making it more accessible and affordable for everyone.

"The Consumers Energy program will help General Motors meet its commitment to source 100% renewable energy at all global operations by 2050, while reducing emissions in our Michigan communities and making the grid greener."

Switch, General Motors and other businesses that choose to participate help defray the costs for new renewable energy sources.

Rochow said: "The collaboration among a tech company and an automaker demonstrates that environmental leadership can be driven from all business sectors."

Today, Consumers Energy provides 10 percent of customers' energy use from renewable sources. Consumers Energy recently announced that more than 40 percent of the energy it produces will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040.

The energy provider's new clean energy goals also include reducing carbon emissions by 80% and no longer using coal to generate electricity by 2040.

Source: Company Press Release