Like a number of other states, the energy picture for Michigan is one of all-of-the-above. This is seen in energy-use data and in the fuels used to generate electricity for the state.
On the consumption side, fossil fuels accounted for 81.2 percent of the energy used in the state in 2014, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration – led by natural gas (30.7 percent). In terms of net electricity generation, coal, nuclear and natural gas supplied 91.5 percent of the energy for the state’s power last year.
At the same time, wind, biomass and hydro are leading renewable energy sources. The state has more than 20 utility-scale wind farms with a combined capacity of more than 1,500 megawatts, EIA reports. Overall, 8 percent of the state’s net electricity generation comes from renewables, EIA says.
Again, the point here is that the United States and Michigan use an array of energies – to run economies, to fuel commerce, transportation and daily living. Oil and natural gas lead this portfolio, supplying 65 percent of the energy the U.S. used in 2015 and projected by EIA to supply 67 percent of our energy in 2040 (chart, Page 6). In that context, the ongoing domestic energy renaissance, featuring significant increases in oil and gas production, has been good for U.S. energy security.
Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Michigan and all the 50 states of energy.