An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive long-range plan submitted to the Michigan Public Service Commission illustrating how a utility will provide reliable, affordable and clean electric service to its customers.
Active IRP Cases in Michigan:
Previous IRP Cases:
- Indiana Michigan Power’s Integrated Resource Plan (I&M Case U-20591)
- DTE Electric Company (DTE Case U-20471)
- Upper Peninsula Power Company’s Integrated Resource Plan (UPPCO Case U-20350)
- Northern States Power Co. - Wisconsin Integrated Resource Plan (U-20599)
Consumers Energy’s Electric Integrated Resource Plan (Filed June 30, 2021)
Consumers Energy’s integrated resource plan assesses various options for the utility to cost-effectively serve the electricity needs of customers through 2040.
Highlights of this plan include:
All of Consumers Energy’s remaining coal-fired power plants would be retired under the plan earlier than previously announced: Instead of being retired in 2031, units 3 and 4 at the Karn plant would be retired in 2023 and units 1 and 2 at the Campbell plant would be retired in 2025, while unit 3 at Campbell would close in 2025 rather than 2039 as previously announced.
Consumers Energy would then replace these coal plants by purchasing existing natural gas plants. These purchases were already announced before the IRP filing.
Consumers Energy bought the New Covert Generating Facility in Van Buren County for $815 million from a merchant electricity developer. At the same time, it also purchased three plants from CMS Enterprises, a fellow subsidiary of Consumers Energy parent company CMS Energy: the 770-MW Dearborn Industrial Generation plant (which also generates steam used by nearby industrial facilities) in Wayne County, 156-MW Livingston Generating Station in Otsego County and the 75-MW Kalamazoo River Generating Station in Kalamazoo County for $530 million.
Under the plan, energy waste reduction measures, conservation voltage reduction measures, demand response solar power and battery storage will replace a 1,240-MW power contract with the Midland Cogeneration Venture facility, which is assumed to expire in 2030.