DTE Energy Proposes Transformational Investment in Michigan-Made Renewable Energy and Accelerates Emission Reductions

  • Generates reliable electricity through a balanced and diverse mix of cleaner energy sources
  • Achieves 85% CO2 emission reductions in 2035[1] for DTE Electric through accelerated coal plant retirements while supporting Michigan’s economy-wide reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a way that surpasses the state’s interim timelines
  • Proposes enough Michigan-made solar and wind energy to power about 4 million homes
  • Invests $9 billion into Michigan’s economy over the next 10 years, supporting more than 25,000 jobs
  • Reduces the cost of the clean energy transition by a projected $1.4 billion[2]

PVTIME – DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) today released its CleanVision plan, a 20-year proposal to dramatically transform how the company generates electricity as part of its clean energy journey, all while investing in a modern grid that is reliable and affordable. The proposed plan increases investment in solar and wind energy, accelerates the retirement of coal plants, and includes the development of new energy storage – all reinforcing DTE’s commitment to cleaner energy.                                             

“Across the country, and here in Michigan, the energy landscape is changing rapidly and fundamentally,” said Jerry Norcia, chairman and chief executive officer, DTE Energy. “We are excited to drive this transformation by powering the grid with Michigan-made renewable energy, existing nuclear and natural gas. These new solar and wind assets, enough to power approximately 4 million households, will replace our retiring coal power plants, resulting in a cleaner environment for Michigan families, communities and businesses. 

“We are proud our plan invests $9 billion into Michigan’s economy over the next 10 years, supporting more than 25,000 Michigan jobs and the great, local communities we partner with across the state. This transformational plan is complimented by our announcement last year to invest an additional $8 billion to modernize the electric grid, making it more resilient to extreme weather and more reliable as we plan for increased customer demand.” 

DTE’s proposal will be filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in what is referred to as an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Key details of DTE’s proposal include:

  • Transforming how the company generates electricity over the next two decades.
    • Developing more than 15,000 MW of renewables to power homes, as well as businesses and industrial facilities. This renewable energy generation is equivalent to powering approximately 4 million homes.
    • Building more than 1,800 MW of energy storage to support the Company’s clean energy transformation – more than doubling current storage capacity.
  • Ending DTE’s use of coal in 2035 with a responsible, phased retirement schedule of the Belle River and Monroe coal power plants, which account for approximately 40% of the Company’s current energy mix.
    • Accelerating the retirement of coal at the Belle River Power Plant to 2026 from 2028. 
    • Launching the phased retirement of the Monroe Power Plant, one of the largest coal plants in the country, in 2028, nearly 12 years earlier than the original planned date of by 2040, supported by future 24/7 emerging technologies. 
  • Delivering long-term customer value through:
    • Projecting $1.4 billion in future cost reductions.
    • Repurposing an existing coal power plant at a fraction of the cost of building a new plant while accelerating reductions in carbon emissions.

By investing in cleaner sources of energy and accelerating the retirement of coal, DTE Electric plans to surpass its previously announced carbon emission reduction goals. The Company’s emission reduction goals are ahead of the timelines in the MI Healthy Climate Plan (MHCP) and will help support Michigan’s economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions interim timelines. DTE’s new goals include:

  • Achieving 32% CO2 emissions reductions in 2023 – two years ahead of the MHCP timeline of 28% by 2025
  • Reducing CO2 emissions 65% in 2028 (previously 50%) which also surpasses the MHCP timeline of 52% by 2030
  • Targeting 85% CO2 reduction in 2035
  • Targeting 90% CO2 reduction (previously 80%) by 2040, and
  • Meeting its ultimate net zero goal by 2050

“We’re doubling down on our investment in Michigan by developing solar and wind energy right in our state, guided by our commitment of getting as clean as we can as fast as we can while providing reliable and affordable energy through a modern grid,” said Trevor Lauer, president and chief operating officer, DTE Electric. 

“We also know natural gas plays an important role in a diverse energy mix, and that is why repurposing our Belle River power plant to run on natural gas instead of coal, alongside 24/7 carbon-free nuclear energy, will significantly reduce emissions while providing energy to meet periods of high customer demand. These 24×7 assets allow the Company to add thousands of megawatts of renewables onto the grid while also creating a bridge to new, emerging technologies that we expect in the years to come,” Lauer added. 

As DTE transforms how it produces electricity and retires its remaining coal plants, the Company will provide re-training for employees impacted by the coal plant retirements, and will also partner with the local communities, who for years, hosted these coal-fired plants.

DTE Electric undertook a year-long, comprehensive analysis that reflected insights shared by the Company’s customers and other stakeholders to build the plan. It offers a balanced and diversified approach for the transition of the Company’s generation fleet, while complementing its commitment to build a reliable and resilient electric grid. Last year, DTE announced a plan to develop this grid of the future that will withstand increasingly unpredictable and severe weather while meeting the evolving demands – like transportation electrification – of its customers and communities.