The Weekend Wonk: Decarbonizing the Heartland

September 14, 2019

Patti Poppe is CEO of Consumer’s Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, which has been a quintessential, conservative, coal based, rust belt generator for decades, up until just a few years ago.

Now things are changing. See if you can detect it.
Talk is 20 minutes, followed by Q and A.

Below, David Saggau is Chair of Minnesota’s second largest utility. I’ve titled the short clip from his 2017 talk “Wind is the New Baseload”.

5 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Decarbonizing the Heartland”

  1. john oneill Says:

    This is total BS. At the moment, in the MISO, of which Minnesota is an integral part, average emissions per kwh are 481 g CO2. Over the border in Ontario, they are 19 grams. MISO wind is running at about a third of it’s capacity, making less than half as much power as nuclear, running at 95% of capacity, and with similar emissions per watt/hr to wind. Meanwhile there is ample capacity of coal and gas to make good any shortfall.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    With the reconfiguration of the grid control paradigm (real-world adaptation with batteries and use management), I think we’ve got some utilities across the chasm.

  3. Don Osborn Says:

    Patti Poppe of Consumers Energy is the new S David Freeman of today. We need more of both of them.

  4. mboli Says:

    Consumers Energy. That’s the electric utility that is causing Palisades Nuclear Generating Station to close, replacing zero-emission nuclear energy with natural gas combustion. Right?


  5. […] was asked to come in after Consumer’s Energy CEO Patti Poppe made a strong impression on local leaders and media with an explanation of why a big midwestern […]


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