FireKeepers Becomes First Michigan Casino Powered By 100% Renewable Energy

Jessica Aletor
Jessica Aletor


  • On Monday, October 16, FireKeepers Casino announced its renewable energy partnership with Consumers Energy.
  • This partnership will see FireKeepers become the first Michigan casino to commit towards 100% clean and renewable energy.
  • Firekeepers Casino has also opened a new baccarat gaming area and a Fortune 8 Noodle Bar, as part of improvements to its casino floor.

October turned out to be FireKeepers’ month as the casino and hotel resorts announced some groundbreaking achievements. The casino outlet which is located in Battle Creek will now feature additional gaming and dining options at its gaming floor. But perhaps the most impressive news is that the tribal casino is committing to sourcing its electricity and energy consumption from 100% renewable sources.

This would make it the first casino in Michigan to make such a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gaming floors. FireKeepers will also be charting a course for other casinos to follow in the fight against climate change.

FireKeepers Partnership with Consumers Energy Aims to Conserve Carbon

Representatives of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, operators of the FireKeepers Casino, recently celebrated a significant milestone in the tribe’s history. On Monday, October 16, at a press event, the tribal casino announced that it would be partnering with Consumers Energy towards sourcing all of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources.

The casino revealed that it will be enrolling into the Consumers Energy’s Michigan Renewable Energy Program which aims to match fossil energy consumption with renewables like solar and wind energy. Consumers revealed that it will be providing the casino with clean energy sources which will see it trap the emission of over 273,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in ten years.

The casino will also save 31,527 megawatt-hours of energy annually. This conservation is the equivalent of taking 61,000 gas-powered cars off Michigan roads. It is also equal to recycling 13,500 trucks of garbage. Notably, FireKeepers’ commitment to renewable energy makes it the first gaming property in Michigan that will power its entire outlet using clean energy.

During the announcement, FireKeepers CEO Frank Tecumseh said:

“We are the first Michigan tribal casino to execute such an initiative and we’re hoping that this change may be the catalyst that helps trigger similar action.”

Casino Clean Energy Project Aligns with Potawatomi Tribe’s Mission Statement

FireKeepers’ decision to pursue renewable energy is not surprising, considering its mission statement. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi tribe has an environmental mission to protect the health of “Mother Earth” and its clean energy project is just one of the ways of achieving this goal.

“It’s up to us as a Nation, we’ve been given the responsibility by the Creator to protect Mother Earth. We just decommissioned our solar panels and moving forward with this renewable energy project with Consumers Energy is great timing and shows our commitment in making sure that we keep our promise as far as protecting Mother Earth,” Jamie Stuck, the tribe’s chairperson said in an interview with Battle Creek Enquirer.

“Sometimes we as human beings fall short, but all we can really do is do our best and try to learn from our mistakes and correct our actions so that we’re looking after the next Seven Generations and what type of world we leave them with.”

Back in 2011, the tribe launched one of its first clean energy projects by creating a solar power company to supply electricity to its gaming floor and other facilities on its reservation.

On the other side of the partnership, Consumers Energy is also no stranger to renewable energy initiatives. The company is the major provider of electric and natural gas services to about 3.5 million Michigan residents in the Lower Peninsula of the Great Lakes State. In addition, Consumers Energy has 6 million customers in Michigan, accounting for 60% of the state’s total population.

Baccarat Room and Noodle Bar Added to FireKeepers Casino Gaming Floor 

In addition to improving its energy supply, FireKeepers Casino has also added a new mini baccarat gaming area and a Fortune 8 Noodle Bar to its outlet. The bar is about 900 square feet and seats 25-30 people. It offers a great grab-and-go restaurant choice for lovers of Asian cuisine. Interestingly, Red Hot Rewards Club Members will enjoy a discount between 10-25% on their order at the diner.

The baccarat room, which spans 2,200 square feet, will also complement the table game options at the casino. This will bring the total game list at FireKeepers to 63 table games. Players can also enjoy online options at FireKeepers Online Casino MI. Although FireKeepers belong in the bottom three of online casinos by revenue, its retail outlet is now the fifth largest in the state.

Jessica is a news contributor to Gamble Online Michigan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics but has over three years of experience working in the hospitality and gambling industry. Despite her core finance and investment banking background, she has been a casino feature writer for N1 Interactive Limited and multiple gambling affiliate sites. Her work has been featured on the bet365 blog, and Max Force Racing. She spends her time between Michigan and California, staying up-to-date on the latest industry developments