DTE Electric’s CleanVision Plan is our journey to achieve net-zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 while providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers. We will outline our goals in our next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in October 2022. Public input is an important part of the IRP process. More information can be found here.
DTE Electric will outline its CleanVision strategy in our next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in October 2022. For more information go here.
Our Bold Goal for Michigan’s Clean Energy Future
Net zero carbon emissions by 2050
Climate change is one of the defining issues of our era. That’s why DTE Electric is taking bold steps to significantly increase our investments in renewable energy and cut carbon emissions in half over the next 10 years to reach our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. DTE Gas plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions through an innovative plan that includes both its suppliers and customers. By 2050, the DTE Gas Net Zero Plan will reduce carbon emissions by 6 million metric tons per year ― the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road.
Our clean energy efforts are an important part of our mission in providing you with safe, reliable and affordable power.EXPLORE THE ROAD MAP
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How We Get There
We are in the midst of an important and fundamental transformation in the way we produce energy in our state, accelerating coal plant retirements and investing in cleaner Michigan-made energy, including wind and solar parks and a natural gas plant. We’re also providing options for customers to save money and energy through our expanded energy efficiency programs and are offering residential and business customers the opportunity to buy more clean energy to meet their own sustainability goals.
Like all big transformations, the shift to cleaner energy won’t happen overnight, but it has already begun. DTE has 18 wind parks and 32 solar parks, and by 2023, we will have cut carbon emissions by 32% since 2005.
Our bold net zero carbon emissions goal sets the framework for DTE to go beyond its existing commitments to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2028 and 80% by 2040, ensuring our medium- and long-term plans align with the scientific consensus around the importance of achieving significant economy-wide emissions reduction by 2050.
Our Balanced Energy Mix
DTE’s renewable energy portfolio includes 18 wind parks, located mainly in Michigan’s Thumb region and in the middle of the state. Our 19th wind park, Meridian, is under construction and will be Michigan’s largest when it begins operations in the third quarter of 2022. When Meridian Wind comes online, DTE’s renewable energy portfolio will include more than 1900 MW of wind energy. DTE’s wind parks are generating more than clean energy; they’re also helping to strengthen Michigan’s economy. Rural communities around the state are receiving added tax revenue and farmers and others who participate in our projects benefit from the extra income these projects provide. Our wind parks also offer additional, local employment opportunities before, during and after a park is built.
DTE has big plans to add even more solar energy to the grid, enabling customers to benefit from this clean energy resource at the lowest cost. We currently have 32 solar parks in our renewable energy portfolio and have plans to bring additional projects online in the years ahead. We plan to have 2,500 MW of solar energy online by 2025, enough clean energy to power more than 688,000 homes. By 2040, DTE will generate clean energy from more than 11 million solar panels.
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.
DTE Gas is helping to drive an industry-wide movement toward cleaner natural gas production with a roadmap that includes suppliers and customers, as well as its own operations.
The three-fold approach reducing internal greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 includes new operational improvements, working with suppliers that share the company’s environmental commitment and inviting our customers on the journey through energy efficiency programs and a significantly enhanced voluntary greenhouse gas reduction program that includes renewable natural gas and carbon offsets. As technologies, like hydrogen and carbon capture become market-ready, we also add these to our plan.
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.
Two of our four remaining coal plants that represent about 18% of our power capacity – enough electricity for about 1 million homes – will retire in 2022. We plan to retire Belle River Power Plant as a coal-fired plant by 2028, and Monroe Power Plant by 2040. While our plants have been generating reliable and affordable electricity for Michigan’s homes and businesses for decades, we want to move forward as quickly as possible to achieve our clean energy goals.
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 more than 30 sites certified under the Wildlife Habitat Council, a nonprofit organization that helps companies manage their property for the benefit of wildlife.
Aggressively Reducing Water Withdrawal During Power Production
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. By retiring coal plants and shifting to cleaner and more efficient generation sources, DTE has aggressive targets to reduce water withdrawal by 40% by 2023, 60% by 2030, and 90% by 2040.
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.
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? Natural Gas Fuels a Fleet of Our Vans
Since 2010, we’ve replaced over 250 of our fleet vehicles 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 to 30 percent 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% less than its gasoline or diesel-powered equivalent.
DTE Electric’s CleanVision Plan
DTE Electric’s CleanVision Plan is our journey to achieve net-zero carbon emissions for the Electric Company by 2050 while providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers. In October 2021, DTE Electric announced plans to accelerate our interim goal of 50% carbon emissions reductions, achieving that goal by 2028. We will further outline our goals to provide cleaner, reliable, and affordable energy in our next Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filing with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).
What is an integrated resource plan?
An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a comprehensive plan to meet electricity needs of our customers 5, 10, and 15 years into the future. An IRP details how a power company will provide reliable, affordable electric supply to its customers. An IRP evaluates things like the cost and performance of existing power generation, as well as new resources like solar and storage. It also looks at customer demand and energy efficiency, taking into consideration how business and residential customers use energy today and into the future, so the power company can plan to meet those needs with existing or new generation resources. Michigan’s power companies like DTE Electric are required to file an IRP with the MPSC at least every five years. DTE Electric is early in the IRP process and collecting inputs as it prepares detailed analyses. DTE plans to file its IRP in October 2022, about one year earlier than previously planned. The IRP will provide further detail of our CleanVision Plan.
Is there a way for me to engage with DTE in the CleanVision Plan Process?
Yes! Public input is an important part of the IRP process. You may submit feedback, comments, or questions at any time through this site by clicking this link. DTE also hosted four public open houses in the first half of this year. To protect the health and safety of attendees during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to reach people across our service territory, the DTE public open houses were virtual. Recordings, presentations and transcripts from the open houses are available on this website. We also host a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page that addresses questions frequently raised by attendees.
What kind of feedback is DTE seeking during the CleanVision Plan process?
We are seeking public input as we develop our long-term CleanVision Plan. Stakeholder input in the IRP process helps us understand what you think DTE should consider or prioritize as we plan to meet customer needs in the future. IRPs consider many factors including existing and new sources of generation and have important implications for our customers, communities we serve, our employees, and the environment. Therefore, it is expected that feedback may address a broad range of topics.
I understand DTE will evaluate adding renewable energy, like wind and solar, to the generation mix. Is DTE considering other emerging technologies?
Yes. The CleanVision Plan will evaluate emerging technologies that support a diverse, reliable mix of generation resources that may be needed to serve our customers. This evaluation may include technologies, like batteries, longer-duration storage technologies, hydrogen, carbon capture and sequestration, and small modular nuclear reactors. To learn more, please see the resources from the February 22, 2022 Open House.
How is DTE thinking about employees and communities that are impacted by coal plant retirements and transitions?
The sequential retirement of our coal-fired power plants is a key part of our CleanVision Plan. These plants make up a significant portion of our generation fleet, and we recognize that these plants, and the employees who operate them every day, have been a part of the communities they’re in for nearly 100 years. With that in mind, we want to make sure that we put forth a thoughtful, dignified transition of these power plants for our employees and their host communities. We call our vision retire with PRIDE- which stands for People, Respect, Integrity, Dignity, and Engagement. To learn more about the Retire with Pride initiative, please see the resources from the April 19, 2022 Open House.
What programs does DTE have available for customers wanting to support renewable energy, save money, and reduce carbon emissions?
DTE has a number of customer programs supporting cleaner energy and customer savings. To learn more, please see the resources from the March 22, 2022 Open House. You can also find out more about each program on this website under Join Us or via the links below: Energy Efficiency MIGreenPower Electric Vehicles DTE Insight Rooftop Solar and Private Generation | DTE Energy CleanVision Natural Gas Balance Energy Assistance
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Welcome to the DTE Efficiency Hub. From seasonal energy-saving tips to programs, rebates and energy efficient products, the Efficiency Hub shows simple ways you can start saving in your home today.
Visit our virtual Energy Efficient Home and explore room by room tips, rebates and programs that can help you save energy in every room of your home.
Welcome to DTE Energy's virtual field trip! See a wind turbine and two solar parks and learn about cleaner, renewable energy. These types of energy sources are carbon free resources and play important roles in combatting climate change. Also check out our latest wind park and discover how wind turbines work in cold weather.
Join the Journey
We all need to do our part to help protect the environment for our families and generations to come. Reducing carbon emissions is a key to combatting climate change. DTE offers several opportunities to you to make a difference 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 resources you need to increase your energy efficiency. DTE Energy’s residential and business customers will save nearly $400 million on their cumulative lifetime energy bills thanks to their participation in the company’s efficiency programs.
Drive an Electric Vehicle
You can reduce your carbon emissions by 60% when you switch to driving an electric vehicle. DTE Energy is here to help you on the road to owning an electric vehicle with Charging Forward, our EV charger incentive program that provides qualified EV drivers with $500 back.
DTE’s popular MIGreenPower program enables customers to attribute up to 100% of their energy use to Michigan-made wind and solar, whether they own or rent their home or office space. Nearly 500 customers are joining MIGreenPower each week, reducing their carbon footprint and bringing more clean energy onto the grid. MIGreenPower subscribers have already enrolled 1.8 million megawatts of clean energy in the program, reducing 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Enroll in CleanVision Natural Gas Balance
Natural Gas Balance is an innovative program that allows DTE gas customers to offset up to 100 % of the average household greenhouse gases created using natural gas. For as little as $ 4.00 a month, you are protecting Michigan forests that naturally scrub greenhouse gasses from the environment as well as supporting the development and use of renewable natural gas created from waste emissions.