Michigan International Speedway Continues on Track to a Greener Michigan,
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Will Match 100 Percent of Electricity with Renewable Energy
BROOKLYN, Mich., Aug. 17, 2014
BROOKLYN, Mich., Aug. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Michigan International Speedway
is waving the green flag this weekend, making a commitment with the help of
Consumers Energy to match 100 percent of its electricity use with renewable
Consumers Energy Vice President Patti Poppe hands Michigan International
Speedway President Roger Curtis the “On Track to a Greener Michigan” award to
recognize the racetrack’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Officials from the racetrack, host to Sunday's Pure Michigan 400, and from
Consumers Energy on Sunday announced plans to improve Michigan's environment
through actions at its largest racetrack -- and largest campground. Those
include support for renewable energy, a new initiative to plant trees and a
commitment by MIS to reduce energy usage.
"We're totally committed to a greener Michigan, and with the help of Consumers
Energy we know that we can show the way for our state and for racetracks
across the country," said Roger Curtis, Michigan International Speedway
president. "A half-million people watch races, take part in events and camp
overnight at MIS each year. We want to make sure they – and we – are doing our
part to care for the environment."
Michigan International Speedway now becomes the largest customer to enroll 100
percent in Consumers Energy's Green Generation program. Close to 20,000 homes
and businesses in Michigan participate in Green Generation, contributing each
month to purchase power from renewable sources, all made in Michigan.
"It's a commitment like this that puts everyone on track to a greener
Michigan," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's vice president of customer
experience, rates and regulation.
Poppe presented Curtis with an award for its commitment to sustainability.
"Consumers Energy works every day to develop sustainable energy plans for the
future, but we can't do it without working with businesses like Michigan
International Speedway right here in our community."
Also announced Sunday:
oA joint commitment by MIS and Consumers Energy to plant more than 3,000
trees in Michigan for each of the two race weekends in Michigan.
oConsumers Energy will work alongside MIS to identify ways to cut energy
usage and implement those solutions.
oBoth will look together at developing wind, solar and other renewable
energy generation at the racetrack.
oConsumers Energy is providing information about energy efficiency and
Green Generation to more than 2,200 campsites in and around the racetrack
oConsumers Energy is providing race fans with access to cell phone charging
About Michigan International Speedway: Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of
Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR's fastest
track and the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can
get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of
racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.
About Consumers Energy: Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the
principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and
electricity to 6.5 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower
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Learn more about MIS: www.mispeedway.com
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SOURCE Consumers Energy
Contact: Brian Wheeler, Consumers Energy, 517-740-1545, or Dan Bishop,
517-788-2395, Brad Kuhbander Michigan International Speedway, 517-592-1204
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