Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

This article discusses the recent decision by Consumers Energy to phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming.

The utility plans to generate 40 percent of its power from renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by then, Patti Poppe said in an interview ahead of the public announcement Monday. She said the utility will also will rely on natural gas, hydropower and improved efficiency to meet customer needs.

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