Sources: Grand Rapids, MI
While coal is the source of energy most Grand Rapids residents use of electricity, natural gas has doubled in the last 10 years. Since 2016, natural gas has accounted for 25% of the energy generation in the state. With over 40,000 square miles of Great Lakes border, Michigan ships 1/3 of all the coal in the Midwest. There is also a strong renewable energy portfolio with nearly 8% of total energy generation coming from renewable sources. The most abundant renewable energy source for Grand Rapids residents is wind energy with 24 wind farms across the state. For more information on Grand Rapids energy sources, see the graph below.
Sources for Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids, MI produces energy from a variety of sources. Here are the state’s current energy sources and energy production trends.
- Coal is the main source of electricity generation with half of Grand Rapids residents using it as their main source of electricity
- Natural gas has doubled in the last decade and should continue to grow for the foreseeable future
- 75% of the energy generated in the state comes from the lower peninsula
- 3 nuclear power plants supply nearly 30% of the electricity generation
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