DTE Energy recently filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) its 2018 Renewable Energy Plan, which proposes adding approximately 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar by 2022.
If approved, these additions would double the company’s renewable energy capacity and drive approximately $1.7 billion in investments in Michigan.
The filing describes DTE’s approach to Michigan’s 15 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and proposes a new voluntary renewable energy program that would provide additional renewable resources for large business customers aiming to reduce carbon emissions. It also includes a pilot program for battery storage technology to improve the reliability of energy provided from wind and solar power.
“Beyond this plan, DTE will continue to add additional renewable energy resources,” DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson said. “Reducing our company’s carbon emissions and developing cleaner sources of energy is a key priority for us. This work will also bring positive economic impacts such as job creation and local community revenue.”
DTE announced last year a plan to reduce its carbon emission by more than 80 percent by 2050.
“The plan we have filed takes another significant next step toward our goal of cutting carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050 while continuing to deliver reliable and affordable power for our 2.2 million customers,” Anderson said. “Due to our substantial investments and use of renewable energy, DTE has already reduced its carbon emissions by nearly 25 percent by driving investments of approximately $2.5 billion over the last 10 years in Michigan’s renewable energy sector and adding 1,000 megawatts of wind and solar capacity – enough clean energy to power more than 450,000 homes.”
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