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Traverse City to rely completely on renewable energy by 2040

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Traverse City will be powered by 100% renewable energy by the year 2040, according to Traverse City Light & Power.

TCL&P’s Board of Directors approved the renewable energy plan Tuesday night.

Executive Director Tim Arends says all the city’s non-renewable energy contracts will expire by 2040.

“We’re feeling pretty assured that by then, based on comments from Consumers Energy and DTE that the coal plants we’ve invested in will be shuttered, and the thought is to replace those contracts with renewable energy.”

The city of Traverse City passed a similar plan in 2016, but that only applied to city-owned buildings and operations.

The TCL&P plan also sets goals of 15% renewable energy by 2020, and 40% by 2025.