Jackson, Mich.-based Consumers Energy recently filed two major plans to develop renewable energy sources and help its customers reduce energy consumption. The company filed its renewable energy and energy optimization plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), Lansing, Mich. The plans will help Consumers Energy meet the requirements of Michigan's new energy reform law, the Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act of 2008.

Under the plan, implementation contractors retained by Consumers Energy will be hiring personnel to conduct energy audits for residential and business customers and install energy-efficiency measures. Following MPSC's review of the plan, Consumers Energy intends to begin launching the programs in July.

In addition, Consumers Energy will invest primarily in wind generation to expand its renewable energy supply. The utility has secured more than 36,000 acres of easements for future wind generation investment.