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Activists: DTE Plan Won't Meet MI Renewable-Energy Goals

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Monday, December 5, 2022   

Michigan regulators have set long-term emission-reduction targets for the state's power utilities, but clean-energy advocates are concerned that one company - DTE Energy - is not on track to meet its goals.

The state's Healthy Climate Plan calls for achieving economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050, with interim goals for reducing greenhouse gases.

James Gignac - lead Midwest energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists - said DTE's timeline to end its use of coal and shift to solar, wind, and battery power won't play out until five years past the deadline.

"They're proposing to retire half of it in 2028 and the other half in 2035," said Gignac. "So that straddles the goal that the state has in MI Healthy Climate Plan of trying to have all coal-fired power plants retired in the state by 2030."

The Michigan Public Service Commission has set a hearing next week to take public comments on DTE's plans.

The utility claims it is on track to reach zero emissions by the deadline, but its own data shows it plans to use significant amounts of natural gas beyond 2050.

The Healthy Climate Plan - developed by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) - sets ambitious goals to make the state energy-independent, mitigate climate change and create good-paying jobs.

Gignac said power utilities will play a major role in whether the plan ultimately succeeds.

"To de-carbonize other sectors of the economy, like transportation and building, we're going to need to convert much of those sectors to run on electricity," said Gignac. "So we need the utilities to be prepared with lots of clean energy for that transition."

Gignac said the federal Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law in August, contains "game-changing new incentives" for moving to energy storage batteries and renewables such as solar and wind.

He said state regulators need to ensure that DTE's plan to deploy clean-energy resources will benefit both its ratepayers and the environment.


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