Former mine sites in Michigan to be repurposed as large-scale solar power operations
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources awarded Circle Power of Royal Oak a 5-year lease agreement to develop solar arrays on two former mine sites. “Our department is entrusted with taking the best possible care of the state’s natural resources and creating quality outdoor experiences. Circle Power is backed by Amber Infrastructure and its U.S. parent, Hunt Companies, Inc. “The potential development of two former mining sites for large-scale solar power, in my opinion, checks all the boxes,” said John A. Kinch, executive director of Michigan Energy Options. What the project does do is to drive the creation of more clean, renewable energy in Michigan, with the DNR leading by example.
DTE Energy: Electric rates wont increase until 2022
DETROIT DTE Energy announced Thursday that electric rates will remain unchanged until 2022 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MSPC) approved a regulatory plan on Thursday that will maintain current electric rates for DTE customers. These approved plans will enable DTE to meet our commitment to clean, affordable renewable energy while, at the same time, keeping rates stable for our customers.The news comes after the MSPC previously approved a $188.3 million rate increase for DTE -- a 4.7 percent rate increase for DTE customers -- in early May. DTE is Michigans largest renewable energy producer and, when these projects are complete, the company will generate enough clean energy to power 620,000 homes.Officials say the company will invest an addition $2 billion in renewable energy assets over the next four years. Consumers Energy also requested a rate increase of $244 million just ahead of the pandemic in February, which would result in a 14 percent increase for customers.
Kicking off Earth Week with DTE Energy!
This article is sponsored by DTE EnergyHost Tati Amare talked to Trevor Lauer, the President and COO of DTE Energy about the expansion of renewable energy with General Motors in Southeast Michigan. General Motors has partnered with DTE Energy to sign up 100% of their electricity usage in Southeast Michigan for renewable energy under the MI Green Power program. Their usage could be compared to 100 homes using renewable energy. DTE customers can also contribute to the MI Green Power program by signing up to receive up to 15% renewable energy in their homes. To join MI Green Power to support renewable energy and learn how changing your energy source can help the environment visit dteeneegy.com/migreenpowerWatch the video to learn more about how you can help the planet by using renewable energy in your home.
What’s next for Michigan when it comes to clean energy?
Did you realize DTE Energy is pro-renewable energy -- and has a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050? The energy company says it’s doing as much as it can, as fast as it can, to provide its customers and the state of Michigan with clean energy that’s affordable and reliable. In the next decade, DTE will triple its renewable energy assets, generating enough energy from wind and solar to power more than 1.3 million homes with clean energy. The energy company’s renewable investments have been the catalyst for 4,000 clean energy jobs in the state, DTE officials said. Renewable energy goes beyond the energy industry.