When Michigan’s leading renewable energy advocates and policy makers gathered at the Michigan Clean Energy Conference in Traverse City last week, they got to hear first-hand how Ford, General Motors and the University of Michigan are accelerating their move toward renewables through participation in MIGreenPower

These three companies are among more than 6,500 of DTE’s customers who share DTE’s commitment to carbon reduction have turned their aspiration to action by joining MIGreenPower, DTE’s voluntary renewable energy program.

“MIGreenPower offers customers the chance to customize their experience and attribute up to 100 percent of their energy use to Michigan-based wind and solar projects. We’re currently on track to provide over 1 million megawatt-hours per year through MIGreenPower, placing MIGreenPower as one of the top five voluntary renewable offerings in the country,” said Trevor F. Lauer, president and COO of DTE Electric. 

Kicking off the conference, Trevor moderated a panel with George Andraos, director of technology and energy for Ford Land, Rob Threlkeld, global manager for sustainable energy and supply reliability at General Motors and Hank Baier, vice president of facilities at the University of Michigan, that addressed how MIGreenPower is helping these local powerhouses meet their carbon reduction targets. 

Together, Ford, GM and U-M will procure one million megawatt-hours annually of Michigan-made renewable energy through MIGreenPower beginning in early 2021. These clean energy procurements will power: 

  • Ford plants that manufacture the Ford F-150, the Ford Raptor, and the new 2020 Ford Ranger 
  • Several new buildings on the Ford Research and Engineering Campus and Corktown campus, including Michigan Central Station  
  • GM’s global technical center in Warren, Michigan  
  • A significant portion of GM’s Detroit-based headquarters at the Renaissance Center  
  • About 50% of U-M’s Ann Arbor campus  

In addition to discussing their commitment to MIGreenPower, the panelists talked about how electric and autonomous vehicles are reshaping their operations, research on energy storage and advances in energy efficiency practices.  

Renewable energy continues to strengthen our company’s relationships with our largest customers as we work toward a low carbon future together. 

Couldn’t make the conference? Listen to Trevor, George, Rob and Hank discuss their MIGreenPower commitments and sustainability goals on this podcast now available on our Empowering Michigan blog.