FAQ
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1. What is TCL&P’s role as a municipal electric utility?
2. Why does TCL&P need electric generation?
3. What are the state's requirements regarding renewable energy generation in Michigan?
4. What types of renewable generation does TCL&P currently have?
5. What is baseload power generation?



1. What is TCL&P’s role as a municipal electric utility?

TCL&P's role as a municipal electric utility is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy services to the City of Traverse City and surrounding townships. Our residential, commercial and industrial customers enjoy reliable power at low rates because we're community-owned. In addition to contributing to the city's financial stability, TCL&P is also committed to investing in a wide variety of community-related projects that range from environmental programs to education.
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2. Why does TCL&P need electric generation?

TCL&P needs dependable electric generation to provide for the electricity requirements for its citizens and customers. TCL&P has long term contracts with downstate electric utilities for electricity supply. TCL&P's electric portfolio consists of fossil fuels like coal or natural gas and renewable sources like wind, solar and landfill gas.
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3. What are the state's requirements regarding renewable energy generation in Michigan?

Public Act 342 requires all utilities in Michigan to have at least 15% of their electricity generation come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass by the end of 2021.
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4. What types of renewable generation does TCL&P currently have?

Currently TCL&P receives 28.4% of its generation from renewable sources. Click here for the breakdown.
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5. What is baseload electric generation?

Baseload electric generation is generation that is consistently and constantly available every hour of the day throughout the year. It is not dependent on the wind blowing or the sun shining. Baseload generation can only come from coal, natural gas, nuclear, large hydro, landfill gas or biomass generation sources.
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[Last Updated: 12/11/2020 12:50:05 PM]