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Energy and Utilities

  • Michigan’s robust and diverse energy utility infrastructure gives businesses confidence they will have the access and reliability they demand at an affordable cost.

  • Electricity and Power Generation

    Reliability and electric cost are key to industrial businesses today. Michigan prices are approximately at the national average. Powered today primarily by coal, natural gas and nuclear, but increasingly with alternative energy sources, Michigan companies enjoy reliability and price stability because of this mix of fuel sources and accelerated investments made in our transmission grid.

    Michigan's major utilities are active partners in Michigan's economic resurgence; they are making changes to enhance Michigan’s attractiveness to new business.

    Both DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have improved the process for potential customers with electric loads for 1,000 kW or greater. It is:

    • Easy to understand and calculate cost of electric infrastructure for major projects in Michigan
    • Vastly improved cost sharing options for clients willing to sign long term commitments

    Businesses considering Michigan can find assistance from these utilities and others in the state by calling their dedicated numbers or visit them on their websites. Some websites include an easy to use Customer Connection form that will speed the process of finding utility answers for your project.

    Consumers Energy:

    DTE Energy:

    Michigan Electric Cooperative:

    We Energies:

    • Susan Crane, Business Development
    • 321 West Michigan Street, P421
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
    • 414.221.4780
    • Tollfree #: 800.558.3303, ext. 4780

    Indiana Michigan Power/AEP:

  • Natural Gas

    Michigan's natural gas supply is abundant, reliable, economical, and available from many suppliers. The state's unique geology and geography combine to provide some of North America's most abundant and economical natural gas.

    • Michigan is the nation's 15th-largest gas production state, with 20% of natural gas needs supplied from in-state sources.
    • All Michigan natural gas customers are eligible to purchase their supplies directly from licensed alternative gas suppliers (AGSs).
    • Michigan is home to the nation's largest gas hub, with over 650 billion cubic feet of cyclic storage capacity in geological formations – more than any other state – ensuring continued supplies during high usage periods in the winter. In addition, a mid-continent location and proximity to Canada facilitate a pipeline network that interconnects gas production facilities in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and Canada.

    For more information and service area maps, visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affair’s Public Service Commission page on natural gas.

  • Water Resources

    Michigan is blessed by vast supplies of fresh surface waters and bordered by four of five Great Lakes: Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie, collectively the largest source of fresh water by surface area and volume. These “inland seas” provide: drinking water for our residents, clean water as an input and product for numerous industries, recreational opportunities, habitat for fish and wildlife, freshwater for a vibrant commercial and recreational fishery, and transportation byways for a significant shipping industry. Our water withdrawal system offers businesses confidence that the water they need will be available.

    The State of Michigan is also blessed with a vast supply of groundwater that traverses almost the entire state, and is used for drinking, irrigation, and industrial processing. It provides drinking water for over half the state’s residents through both public water supply systems and private drinking water wells.

    • The Great Lakes provide Michigan with 823,000 jobs that represent nearly 25 percent of Michigan’s payroll . Tourism related to Michigan’s Great Lakes and other water resources generates billions of dollars each year.
    • Michigan has over 10,188 inland lakes of 5 or more acres, as well as 36,050 miles of rivers and streams.
    • Michigan ranks 3rd nationally in surface water area.
    • Michigan has over 3,200 miles of shoreline, the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.