DTE Outlines Goal To Cut Carbon Emissions

DTE Energy has announced a broad sustainability initiative that will reduce the company's carbon emissions by more than 80% by 2050.

The utility’s efforts to cut its carbon emissions are expected to garner a 30% reduction by the early 2020s, 45% by 2030, 75% by 2040, and more than 80% by 2050. It plans to achieve them by incorporating substantially more renewable energy, transitioning its 24/7 power sources from coal to natural gas, and continuing to operate its zero-emission Fermi 2 nuclear power plant.

DTE's plans include:

• The construction of an additional 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity supplementing the 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy DTE has built since 2009.

• The addition of 3,500 megawatts of natural gas-fired energy capacity to supply 24/7 power.

• The steady retirement of the company's aging coal-fired plants, which continued in 2016 with the announced shutdown of 11 coal units by the early 2020s.

• The investment of $5 billion over the next five years to modernize the electric grid and gas infrastructure, ensuring reliability.

• Continued heavy investment in energy efficiency and energy waste reduction.

• An aggressive plan to reduce energy and water within DTE's own facilities by a minimum of 25%.

Previously, DTE retired three of its coal-fired power plants – the Marysville, Harbor Beach and Conners Creek plants. In 2016, three additional coal-fired generating units at plants also were removed from service. This process of retiring coal-fired power capacity is to continue with the retirement of the River Rouge, Trenton Channel and St. Clair power plants in the early 2020s.

May 19, 2017