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    Energy powers our lives. From homes to transportation, retail to manufacturing. But how much energy do we really use? For individual customers, their bill offers insight. For a picture of energy use across Michigan, the categories below will take away some of the mystery.

Energy in Michigan

  • Michigan Energy Profile

    Michigan has a diverse energy profile. Power comes from coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, and other sources. The state ranks 31st nationally in total energy consumption and 35th nationally in total energy expenditures, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. As of 2016, natural gas was the most-used fuel, followed by motor gasoline, coal, nuclear electric power, and distillate fuel oil. Here’s a look at Michigan by-the-numbers:

  • Pure Michigan Sign Michigan Energy Profile

    More than three-quarters of homes in Michigan use natural gas for heat. What other forms of energy are consumed and how much does it all cost?

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  • Electric power lines Electricity

    In 2017, coal-fired power plants provided 37 percent of Michigan's net electricity generation, up from 2016. How does that compare to other years?

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  • Natural Gas Pipes Natural Gas

    Michigan has more underground natural gas storage capacity than any other state, equal to almost 1.1 trillion cubic feet. Which sector of the economy uses the most?

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  • Nuclear Reactor Nuclear Power

    Michigan’s three nuclear power plants – Cook, Palisades, and Fermi – have a total of four reactor units, provided 29% of the state's net electricity generation in 2017. How is it consumed?

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  • Propane Tank Propane

    Michigan is the number 1 user nationally of propane fuel to heat homes, with more than 22,000 households in the U.P. and nearly 300,000 in lower Michigan. Which counties use the most?

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  • Solar Panels at MPSC Renewables

    Renewable energy accounted for 8 percent of Michigan's net electricity generation in 2017. Which form was the most popular?

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  • Energy Waste Reduction

    Michigan’s Energy Waste Reduction (EWR) standard requires all natural gas and electric utility providers in the state to implement programs to reduce overall energy usage by specified targets, to reduce the future cost of service to utility customers. For every dollar spent on EWR programs in 2016, customers should expect to realize benefits of $4.29.

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Energy Use in Michigan

Energy Reports and Data

  • Energy Use in MI

    Whether powering a home or a downtown, Michiganders want reliable energy at an affordable cost. Below is the breakdown of energy use for residents and for businesses and communities. Check out expenditures, consumption, rankings, and comparisons to neighboring states.

  • Electricity Meters Residential Use

    Michigan’s residents used approximately 714 trillion Btus of energy in 2016, according to the federal EIA. How much did we spend per capita on energy?

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  • Business and Communities Business & Community use

    The commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors combined spent more than $22 billion on energy in 2016, according to the EIA. What was it spent on?

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About Energy for Kids

  • About Energy for Kids"

    What is energy? Where does it come from? How can I save energy? Get answers to these questions – and more – at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Energy Kids website. You’ll find resources for students and teachers, games, history lessons, and help with that science fair project for all grades. Thinking about a career in energy? There’s information on that, too. Pay attention, class!

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