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

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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 by encouraging stadiums, teams and fans to reduce waste, recycle and live more sustainably.

The Red Wings have also designated the March 8 game versus the Vegas Golden Knights as “Green Night” when DTE will serve as the evening’s presenting sponsor through its MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program.

“The Red Wings, like many of our customers, are looking for ways to minimize their environmental impact,” said Irene Dimitry, DTE vice president of Business Planning and Development. “As a company, we know we can play an active, critical role in reducing impacts to our environment – especially climate change. We’ve started work on our own long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050, and renewable, cleaner energy plays a significant role in meeting this goal.”

DTE launched MIGreenPower in April 2017 to provide customers with an easy and affordable way to  support more renewable energy. Customers who join MIGreenPower can reduce their electricity-based carbon footprint and attribute up to 100 percent of their energy use to DTE’s newest renewable energy projects in Michigan, including the Pinnebog Wind Park, located in Huron County, and three solar arrays located in Detroit and Lapeer.  The program is open to all DTE full-service business and residential electric customers.

Fans who are DTE customers will have an opportunity to sign up for the MIGreenPower program by visiting the DTE Energy information booth located at Little Caesars Arena in the Via area of the concourse at home games on Thursday, March 8; Tuesday, March 20; Thursday, March 22; and Saturday, March 31.

Before LCA opened, DTE built a new substation, along with a customized underground electrical system, to power the multi-use facility and its high-tech entertainment features. The arena’s state-of-the-art electrical system allows arena staff to monitor the venue’s energy load and reroute power as needed. Among its many energy saving features, the arena has more than 16.5 million LED lights.

To learn more about DTE’s renewable energy business, please visit dteenergy.com/renew. To learn more about MIGreenPower, please visit migreenpower.com.