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DTE has broken ground on its state-of-the-art 1,150 MW Blue Water Energy Center on existing company property in East China Township, Mich. It will provide affordable and reliable power for 850,000 homes beginning in 2022. The $1 billion project will begin construction in 2019, creating hundreds of Michigan jobs. This is one of many steps DTE is taking to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by the early 2020s and more than 80 percent by 2050. The natural gas-fueled combined-cycle plant will provide additional tax revenue to the local community rather than sending that revenue to out of state electricity suppliers.

Blue Water Energy Center, unanimously approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC),  is expected to be the most fuel-efficient power plant in Michigan. It will run on natural gas and use combined-cycle technology that captures waste heat to produce additional electricity. The plant will be 70 percent cleaner and 40 percent more efficient than the three coal-fired plants it replaces. It is a critical component of a balanced energy mix that provides 24/7, always available power generation required when the wind turbines and solar arrays are unable to produce electricity due to weather conditions or time of day.

A bee hive and a billion-dollar gas plant

In August, a construction team at DTE Energy’s Blue Water Energy Center in St. Clair County was preparing to clear refuse inside an unused, fenced yard on the 30-acre site when they spotted a honeybee hive hidden amid steel plates, timber, pipes, and brush. “I...

DTE Energy takes single largest step toward reducing carbon emissions to date

DTE Energy has taken a significant step toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by breaking ground on a state-of-the-art, $1 billion natural gas-fueled plant. The Blue Water Energy Center will be the most efficient power plant in the state...

Monarchs and milkweeds

Looking across acres of Michigan countryside on DTE Energy property in St. Clair County, Matt Shackelford, a company biologist, sees what most others can’t – a field of natural treasures. Sprinkled among the grassy meadows and tracts of bittersweet and Queen Anne’s...

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