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IM Green at Work 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 commercial customer who uses 100,000 kWh per year, you can commit to:

  • 10 percent of your energy use to renewable green energy for just $6.52 per month,
  • 50 percent of your energy use for just $32.58 per month, and
  • 100 percent of your energy use for just $65.17 per month

And, 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 $16.58 per month commercial Renewable Energy Surcharge.

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Michigan IM Green at Work 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 employees, customers and other stakeholders on your commitment to sustainability and renewable energy, especially for I&M customers where installing solar panels or wind turbines at your own operations may not be feasible or cost-effective.

IM Green is a voluntary program, 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 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 chain-of-custody 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 commercial & industrial energy use of 100,000 kWh per year across a range of participation options. The net cost in Michigan for commercial & industrial customers is even lower at a 50% or greater participation rate because the Michigan $16.58 per month Renewable Energy Surcharge (RES) fee is then waived.

Percent of Facility Energy Use Annual Cost (Based on 100,000 KWh Annual Energy Use) Annual Cost After Monthly Renewable Energy Surcharge Fee is Waived
10%$6.52N/A
20%$13.03N/A
30%$19.55N/A
40%$26.07N/A
50%N/A$32.58
60%N/A$39.10
70%N/A$45.62
80%N/A$52.13
90%N/A$58.65
100%N/A$65.17

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

Beyond demonstrating your organization’s 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 organization’s carbon footprint.

No. Due to the nature of the power grid, it is impossible to track which electrons used at your business 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.

Commercial and Industrial Customers can Bring Your Own Contract

Larger businesses that want to go the extra mile to support renewable energy and meet your company’s sustainability/green energy goals can work with I&M to develop a custom solution that meets your needs.

Perhaps your company is interested in partnering with I&M on a new renewable energy resource or seeking creative ways to show your business is going above and beyond to support clean, renewable energy. IM Green’s Bring Your Own Contract option allows an interested business, industry or institutional customer to work with I&M to directly purchase the electrical output and associated environment attributes from a renewable generation resource through a tailored contract.

To explore your needs, goals and options, please call us at 1.844.876.5273.

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In 2019, more than two-thirds of the energy I&M generated was from emission-free resources. With IM Green, you can demonstrate your support for large-scale wind and solar power generation.

Your hometown energy provider operates four emission-free solar power plants, with a fifth large plant under construction. I&M also purchases energy from three Indiana wind generation plants as part of our diverse generation fleet, helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

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