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IM Green at Home in Michigan

With Indiana Michigan Power’s IM Green Program, you can voluntarily support green energy for less than 1 cent per kilowatt hour (kWh).

If you are a typical residential customer who uses 1,000 kWh per month, you can commit to:

  • 10 percent of your energy use to renewable green energy for just $9.38 per year,
  • 50 percent of your energy use for just $10.92 per year, and
  • 100 percent of your energy use for just $57.84 per year

As you can see, the more clean you go, the more you save, because when you commit to 50% or more of your energy use to IM Green renewables, you will no longer pay the $3.00 per month commercial Renewable Energy Surcharge.

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Michigan IM Green at Home Frequently Asked Questions

In 2021, 80% of the energy I&M generated came from clean, emission-free sources, including solar plants; Indiana wind generation plant power purchases; hydro-electric plants; and Cook Nuclear Plant. I&M and our parent company, American Electric Power, aim to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. In the meantime, I&M intends to grow our renewable generation portfolio by 1,700 MWs by 2030.

IM Green is a voluntary renewable energy program that provides Michigan residential customers the opportunity to support wind and solar energy at a level beyond the renewable energy you already receive from I&M’s generation fleet.

IM Green includes a simple, on-bill tariff option to support renewable energy certificates (RECs) from I&M’s solar and hydro generation assets and wind procurement. These RECs represent the renewable energy attributes of the power I&M provides to the grid and directly lower your carbon footprint.

IM Green is a simple, easy and cost-effective way to connect with your friends, family and neighbors on your commitment to sustainability and renewable energy, especially for customers where installing solar panels or wind turbines on your own property may not be feasible or cost-effective.

IM Green is a voluntary, and if you choose to participate, the level of participation is your choice. Participation can be from 10 percent to 100 percent of your monthly kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy use, in increments of 10 percent.

Your support for RECs is based on your level of participation will be billed monthly on a per kWh basis as an additional line item on your bill. I&M then manages the administrative REC ownership documentation activities annually on your behalf.

Based on I&M’s current state-approved tariff, the RECs you support in Michigan starting in June 2021 will now cost $0.00782/kWh. This rate, while not shown on your monthly bill, is the difference between the current state-approved IM Green surcharge rate of $0.02415/kWh less the IM Green credit rate of $0.01633/kWh.

The table below shows annual costs for IM Green participation based on a typical household energy use of 1,000 kWh per month across a range of participation options. Your net cost in Michigan is even lower at a 50% or greater participation rate because the Michigan $3.00 per month Renewable Energy Surcharge (RES) fee is then waived.

Percent of Home Energy Use Annual Cost (Based on an average use of 1,000 kWh/month) Annual Cost After Monthly Renewable Energy Surcharge Fee is Waived
10%$9.38N/A
20%$18.77N/A
30%$28.15N/A
40%$37.54N/A
50%$46.92$10.92
60%$56.30$20.30
70%$65.69$29.69
80%$75.07$39.07
90%$84.46$48.46
100%$93.84$57.84

The RECs in the IM Green program come from renewable energy generation at I&M’s company owned-and-operated solar and hydro generation plants in Indiana, and Michigan, respectively, and from wind power we purchase from three Indiana wind generation plants.

Beyond demonstrating your personal commitment to sustainability and renewable energy, the net proceeds from your participation helps I&M reduce renewable energy surcharge costs for all Michigan customers. Also, your support for the RECs directly lowers your personal carbon footprint.

The RECs in the IM Green program come from renewable energy generation at I&M’s company owned-and-operated solar and hydro generation plants in Indiana, and Michigan, respectively, and from wind power we purchase from three Indiana wind generation plants.

Beyond demonstrating your personal commitment to sustainability and renewable energy, the net proceeds from your participation helps I&M reduce renewable energy surcharge costs for all Michigan customers. Also, your support for the RECs directly lowers your personal carbon footprint.

No. Due to the nature of the power grid, it is impossible to track which electrons used at your home were generated by any one particular renewable energy generation plant. This is why RECs were created and your RECs legally represent the environmental and renewable energy attributes of each kWh of renewable power we provided to the grid.

To help understand how Renewable Energy Certificates help support green power, see this video from the U.S. EPA.

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