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DTE Partners with Ford, GM and U-M to Produce Wind Energy
May 2019

America’s electric companies continue to deliver more clean energy for the customers they serve. DTE Energy recently announced a partnership with Ford, General Motors (GM), and the University of Michigan (U-M) that will provide one million megawatt-hours (MWh) of wind energy for the state of Michigan. Ford was the first company to make a commitment to procure 500,000 megawatt hours of Michigan-made wind energy, and the following week GM announced it would be partnering with DTE for 300,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy. U-M followed in April with a commitment to source 200,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy from DTE.

Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant, home of the Ford F-150 and Ford Raptor, Michigan Assembly Plant, home of the new 2020 Ford Ranger, and several new buildings on the Ford Research and Engineering Campus and Corktown campus, including Michigan Central Station, will soon be powered by DTE’s wind portfolio. GM will use the energy produced to power the needs of GM’s global technical center in Warren, Michigan, as well as a significant portion of its Detroit-based headquarters at the Renaissance Center. U-M’s purchase will result in about half of its purchased electricity for the Ann Arbor campus coming from Michigan-made renewable resources.

“Ford supports the implementation of renewable energy where the project can be tied to the customer’s facility, either directly or through the local distribution utility, and we believe that supports local jobs, improves the local environment, and adds resiliency to the local grid,” said George Andraos, Ford Global Director of Energy and Technology. “This project is a great investment for the State of Michigan and will have direct impact on our state.”

Ford, GM, and U-M are the first large customers to join a new green tariff through DTE’s MIGreenPower program. They join more than 6,500 residential and small business customers who are using MIGreenPower to reduce their carbon footprint and support more renewable energy development in Michigan. Customers who join MIGreenPower can attribute up to 100 percent of their energy use to the company’s clean energy projects in Michigan.

"Investing in renewable energy remains an important part of GM's vision for a zero emissions future," said Rob Threlkeld, global manager of Sustainable Energy and Supply Reliability for General Motors. "Our partnership with DTE Energy will help us get closer to achieving our goal of powering all our operations in Michigan with 100 percent clean energy. It helps demonstrate that local and regional industry partnerships are paramount to GM’s clean energy future, where renewable sources will account for 100 percent of our global energy footprint by 2050.”

In January 2019, DTE received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission to offer a MIGreenPower program to major Michigan corporations and industrial companies. The program is designed for businesses that want access to more renewable energy to help them meet corporate sustainability goals.

“Knowing that access to more renewable energy is important to our largest corporate and industrial customers, DTE will continue to expand MIGreenPower to help customers meet their sustainability targets,” said Trevor F. Lauer, president and COO of DTE Electric. 

DTE plans to build or acquire many additional clean energy projects and to expand its MIGreenPower program to meet increasing customer demand. As part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2040, DTE is increasing the amount of clean energy in its generation portfolio significantly.

This is just one example of our industry’s commitment to a cleaner energy future and of the many partnerships between our nation’s electric companies and their business partners.​

An original version of this story can be found in the DTE Energy Newsroom​.