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Consumers Energy, a Jackson, Mich.-based natural gas and electricity supplier, has launched its Balanced Energy Initiative to meet the energy needs of its 1.8 million electric customers over the next 20 years.

According to the company, the plan was introduced in response to the 21st Century Energy Plan that the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) recently issued. MPSC's plan aims to accommodate the growing need for electricity within the state. Consumers Energy's Balanced Energy Initiative proposes to meet that demand by expanding the use of renewable energy and developing new clean energy power plants.

Part of the utility's plan is to construct a new 750 MW clean coal generating facility on an existing Consumers Energy site and have it in operation in 2015. The company expects that municipal utilities or other parties would own 250 MW of that plant, Consumers Energy adds.

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