Entries by Cindy Hecht

DTE plans to double its renewable energy capacity by early 2020s

DTE’s actions to reduce carbon emissions continue to advance with a recent company filing to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that outlines the company’s plans to double renewable energy capacity by 2022 to 2,000 megawatts – enough clean energy to power over 800,000 homes. If approved by the MPSC, the plan will do more […]

DTE teams up with Red Wings to face-off against climate change

Addressing climate change may very well be the ultimate power play. DTE Energy is turning Little Caesars Arena (LCA) “green” by providing renewable energy for the Detroit Red Wings’ five home games in March, reducing LCA’s carbon footprint during the NHL’s “Green Month” – a league-wide initiative to address climate change and other major environmental challenges […]

Lapeer solar celebration shines

Cloudy skies and light rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Lapeer community or the 400 people who attended DTE Energy’s Lapeer Solar Celebration last Saturday, a fall-themed community celebration marking the completion of the Lapeer Solar Park. This was the first time DTE had held an event for the public at one of its […]

A significant boost to DTE’s solar generation capacity

In the spring of 2016, DTE Energy broke ground on its Lapeer Solar Park, which was at the time the largest solar array east of the Mississippi River. Now that the 200,000-panel solar park is in operation, solar energy makes up 7% of DTE’s renewable energy generation portfolio. Said another way, DTE’s solar projects can […]

Brothers find fulfilling careers in Michigan’s wind industry

Brothers Adam and Austin Osentoski feel very lucky to have found careers in the wind industry that have enabled them to live in Tuscola County, Mich., where their family has a farm and has lived for three generations. The brothers work out of DTE Energy’s Huron County Renewable Energy City with Adam working for Duke […]

A record-setting summer for solar projects

This summer, DTE Energy is commissioning two solar arrays for the record books. The company’s Lapeer Solar Project, with its 200,000 solar panels covering over 250 acres, is Michigan’s largest.  The O’Shea Solar Project, in Detroit, built on 10 acres of previously vacant land, is one of the largest urban arrays in the U.S. This […]

How renewable energy is improving grid reliability

While wind turbines and solar panels are still intermittent power sources dependent on sunny and breezy days to produce electricity, new technology is improving the reliability of these growing renewable energy sources. More durable construction, higher-efficiency equipment, and advancements in energy storage are making it easier for operators to reliably integrate wind farms and solar […]

A bright future for careers in renewable energy

The clean energy industry had made a significant contribution to the U.S. job market’s historic growth streak. With renewable energy costs dropping, and interest and investments skyrocketing, renewable energy jobs are among the fastest growing in the country. With this shift toward a cleaner future, the American workforce is being introduced to new specialized training […]