DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson announced a more aggressive program on Thursday for Detroit-based power plants to reduce its carbon production and rely more on renewable energy sources, including wind and sun.
"In Michigan, we are in the midst of a fundamental energy transformation," Anderson told reporters.
Anderson, among others, told journalists at DTE's headquarters in Detroit:
- DTE accelerates the withdrawal of the remaining coal-fired plants that put more carbon into the atmosphere than any other power source. It will close its factories in Trenton and St. Clair by 2022, one year ahead of schedule and removing all coal from its generation network by 2040.
- Wind, solar and other renewable energy sources should account for 25-30 percent of DTE's power mix by 2030. The company will invest 2 billion. Renewable energy dollars by 2024.
- DTE is about to reduce its total carbon production from the peak by 50 percent by 2030 and by 80 percent by 2040, about 1
- While renewable sources are becoming increasingly important, much of the reduction in CO2 emissions will come from switching from coal and natural gas to a cleaner fuel. DTE's new Blue Water Energy Center in St. Clair County, due to come online around 2022, will show a 70 percent reduction in emissions from an older coal-fired factory.
Rendering shows DTE Energy's planned Blue Water Energy Center to be built in St. Clair County. (Photo: DTE Energy)
The company also hopes to increase energy efficiency by approx. 1.75 per cent a year, which in turn will reduce CO2 emissions.
The Good News for Consumers: Anderson said the average home user should not see any change in the price or reliability of electricity due to the evolving mix of fuel sources for power plants.
The changed Anderson messages reflect both the growing economy of the power industry and the need to clean up electricity production to reduce the impact of global warming. Climate scientists agree that the rise in global temperatures is caused by human activity since the beginning of the industrial revolution more than 200 years ago.
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DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson talks about Initiatives and the latest project, Beacon Park, at his Detroit office on Thursday, July 6, 2017. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)
The reporters asked Anderson about DTE's Steps were adequate as there was a need to reduce the damage caused by global warming.
"It certainly matches what the researchers have asked for our sector," he said. "I often tell people that the job of reducing carbon is a huge task for our economy. It is not a game of purity. It is a game of pace and progress. We need to take practical solutions on a scale and get them to happen."  Regarding whether DTE could stop using coal even earlier, he said: "It is impractical to think that we will simply shut down what is still a very important contributor to our energy-economic cold turkey. not resources to fill it in so quickly.
"But we can steadily break it down over time and replace it with things that are far less producing. Do I think we can get sharp reductions in carbon in what is not so long? Yes, I think we can contribute what we need. "
A potentially challenging change is coming soon: The growing use of electric cars will result in increased demand for electricity generation for recharging stations.
This is a reason why it is difficult to predict the mix of fuel sources and pricing more than approx. Today, natural gas is abundant and affordable, and wind and solar energy are cheaper than before, but it may not have been predictable a few decades ago.
DTE's plan to close its Trenton coal fired plants drew a reply Thursday from US Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.:
"Transition to a clean energy future will make our society healthier places to live and make them more sustainable going forward, but transitions are never easy. Trenton is in this case dependent on the tax base of the facility and we need to ensure that communities have the resources they need to ensure a better quality of life for their residents. "659027] Contact John Gallagher at 313-222-5173 or email@example.com Follow him on Twitter @ jgallagherfreep . Read more about business and sign up for our business newsletter
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