Climate change is one of the defining public policy issues of our era. Our plan to reduce carbon and methane emissions by more than 80 percent is among the most aggressive and was among the first to be announced in the energy industry.EXPLORE THE ROAD MAP
OUR VISION Choosing a
We believe there doesn’t have to be a choice between the health of our environment and the health of our economy. We can have both, if we do it in a smart way. Because our sustainability initiative is voluntary and not mandated, it’s essential to pursue our commitment to reduce carbon emissions more than 80 percent in a manner that supports two other critical priorities our 2.2 million electric customers expect: reliability and affordability.
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How We Get There
We are in the midst of an extremely important and fundamental transformation in the way we produce energy in our state, retiring aging coal-fired power plants that have served as the backbone of our state’s energy supply for many decades. And we are replacing them with cleaner forms of energy, including: wind and solar, and natural gas-fueled plants. We are also improving options for customers to save money and decrease energy use through our energy waste reduction programs. Demand response resources also provide an opportunity for consumers to reduce or shift their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other incentives.
Like all big transformations, the shift to cleaner energy won’t happen overnight, but it has already begun; we have cut carbon emissions by 25 percent since 2005 and we have reduced our methane emissions by 16% since 2011. We are committed to accomplishing this major change in our power capacity in a way that works for Michigan’s economy, homeowners and businesses.
Our Balanced Energy Mix
Due to Michigan's geography, wind is currently our lowest cost renewable resource. Since 2008, we’ve driven investments of more than $2.5 billion to build 13 wind parks (also known as “wind farms”), which generate enough clean energy to power more than 400,000 homes. Our Pine River wind park is currently under construction. When it becomes operational in late 2018, it will be our largest and most efficient wind project to date. We plan to double our renewable energy capacity by 2022, mostly by growing our number of wind parks, a move that will drive an additional investment of $1.7 billion in Michigan. By 2030, 25 percent of the energy we provide will come from renewable resources, including wind and solar.
Although our largest investments are currently in wind farms, we are also investing in solar arrays with more than 30 currently operating in Michigan. Our plan for the next four years also calls for increasing our solar capacity by 25 percent. We commissioned our Lapeer solar array in 2017. Located on more than 250 acres just 20 miles from Flint, the Lapeer arrays produce enough clean energy to power 11,000 Michigan homes. The site includes 200,000 solar panels, making it one of the largest solar parks east of the Mississippi River.
As Michiganders know well, the wind doesn't always blow, and the sun doesn't always shine in our beautiful state. So we can’t rely on wind turbines and solar panels to supply our electricity around-the-clock. And that’s why we need 24/7 energy sources, such as natural gas-fueled plants. Compared to coal, natural gas is cleaner, cheaper and easier to transport. It’s also domestically abundant. When our Blue Water Energy Center begins operation in 2022, it will be the most efficient power plant in Michigan – a state-of-the-art, low-emission energy source that will provide electricity to 850,000 homes and be our single largest step in reducing carbon emissions to date. We also use natural gas to supply heat for 1.2 million customers and have committed to reducing methane emissions from our natural gas utility operations by more than 80 percent by 2040.
Our Fermi 2 nuclear power plant provides emission-free, 24/7 electricity and plays an important part in diversifying our power generation capacity. In 2016, Fermi 2 received its license renewal from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to continue generating electricity until 2045. The NRC approved the license renewal request after more than two years of extensive technical and environmental reviews.
We plan to retire all of our coal plants by 2040. While these plants have been generating reliable and affordable electricity for Michigan’s homes and businesses for decades, the retirements are due, in part, to the age of the plants and the growing cost to keep them running. The first three facilities will be retired by 2023 and represent about 20 percent of our power capacity – enough electricity for about 1.2 million homes.
STEWARDSHIP Our Home
is Our Habitat
We work to take care of the land, water and living creatures both within our service territories and beyond. As one of the largest landowners in Michigan, we maintain thousands of acres in its natural state and provide habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish and insects. We have 36 sites certified under the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit organization that helps companies manage their property for the benefit of wildlife.
Water Recycled During
Of the water used for cooling and other purposes at our power plants, less than 2% was actually consumed (water largely lost through evaporation) and more than 98% was returned. DTE Energy plans to further reduce water use at all our facilities (service centers, office buildings, etc.) by a minimum of 25 percent by 2022.
Cleaner Air Results and Projections
Since 2005, we have invested more than $2 billion each in emission controls and renewable energy. These investments have cut carbon emissions by 25% and significantly reduced other emissions, including mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter – contributing to Metro Detroit’s best air quality, according to EPA data.
Recycling and Reuse
As one of Michigan’s largest employers and landowners, we understand the importance of leading by example. Our waste reduction and recycling programs reduce or eliminate many types of waste and encourage our employees to practice sustainability. Our headquarters in downtown Detroit diverted 240 tons of material from landfills in 2017 alone.
15,000 Ton Sturgeon Sanctuary
Loss of rocky habitat in the Detroit and St. Clair River systems, which has occurred since the 1800s due to industrialization, has contributed to a decline in the lake sturgeon population – a state and provincially threatened species. DTE Energy provided limestone needed for restoration of the reef—about 15,000 tons. We’re proud to support the restoration efforts and to rebuild native fish communities throughout the Great Lakes region.
DID YOU KNOW? Our App Helps You Conserve & Save
The DTE Insight App is a mobile app providing customers with real-time home energy usage data by connecting their home’s smart meter to their smartphone. Our customers can use this data to make decisions about home energy usage — from heating and cooling, to the use of appliances and even home weatherization. The app helps customers save energy and reduce energy costs.
DID YOU KNOW? Bald Eagles are
DTE Residents Too
Once an endangered species with fewer than 500 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states, bald eagles have made a tremendous comeback because of government protection, the banning of pesticide DDT and conservation efforts. An estimated 5,000 nest pairs and about 70,000 total bald eagles currently live in the U.S. and Canada. Several of our power plant properties have contributed to that rebound.
DID YOU KNOW? Natural Gas Fuels a Fleet of Our Vans
Since 2010 we've replaced over 250 service vans with new Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs). Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is the cleanest burning transportation fuel on the market today because it burns cleaner than petroleum based products due to its lower carbon content. CNG produces 20-30% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 95% fewer tailpipe emissions than petroleum products. On average, the carbon footprint for an NGV will be 25 to 28 percent less than its gasoline or diesel-powered equivalent.
Join the Journey
We all need to do our part to help reduce carbon emissions and create a cleaner energy future. Below are just some of the things you can do to get involved at a local or state level, at home or on the move.
Transform Your Home
From windows and insulation to smart home devices, we have the information you need to start your journey to increased comfort and savings at home. In 2017, DTE Energy's residential and business customers saved nearly $649 million in energy bill savings across all programs.
Take Action With AMP
Alliance for Michigan Power (AMP) is a coalition of Michiganders working together to ensure our state is prepared to meet Michigan’s energy needs—today and tomorrow. AMP is dedicated to helping Michigan families and businesses stay informed and involved in the energy debates that affect all of us.