DTE Energy has launched MIGreenPower, an opportunity for customers to buy more of their power from wind and solar farms, which the utility called: “two of the most affordable clean energy sources available.” The utility is offering the program to businesses, those in condos or apartments, and as an alternative to people installing solar rooftops while still giving them options.
"This type of program further spreads awareness of the viability of renewable energy in a way that also makes sense for the energy bill," said Rob Threlkeld, GM's global manager of renewable energy. "We'll look at programs like this as we work to meet our goal of meeting the electricity needs of GM's global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050."
The utility said that energy for the program will come from the 50 megawatt Pinnebog Wind Project and a solar array in Detroit and two solar arrays in Lapeer that together total 48 megawatts of power. Customers can also choose how much of their bill they want to come from renewable energy, up to 100 percent.
"Until now, customers who wanted to use more renewable energy were limited to installing their own solar panels or other renewable equipment at their homes or businesses—which requires a significant initial investment," said Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy. "We also know that customers who rent apartments or live in condos may be unable to make any alterations to the exterior structure of the homes they live in. MIGreenPower is designed to address customer demand for a more flexible and affordable alternative."
Even the military is showing interest in participating. "We are looking carefully at this program," said Brigadier General John Slocum, Selfridge Air National Guard Base base commander. "We think it can provide us with a means to meet our sustainability goals efficiently and economically. We are excited to know that DTE is bringing this type of opportunity to its customers in Michigan."
The utility said that participating in the program will slightly increase customers’ energy bills depending on how much renewable energy they select. “For example, a typical residential customer who subscribes to an additional 25 percent renewable energy might see a net increase of as little as $5 per month to their bill while knowing they are helping to support Michigan's clean energy future,” DTE Energy said. The web page for the program includes a calculator to show how much the program will impact a consumer’s energy bill.Tweet