Today, the world learned that the Chevrolet Bolt earned the prestigious Motor Trend Car of the Year award. The people of DTE Energy couldn’t be more pleased.  Not only because its represents a breakthrough in electric vehicle range technology, but also because DTE is a partner with General Motors in providing renewable energy to the Bolt’s manufacturing home in Lake Orion, MI.

The Orion assembly plant utilizes landfill gas from two neighboring landfills as fuel in the boilers to generate steam for heating and cooling the facility.

Landfill gas accounts for approximately 40% of Orion Assembly’s total gas consumption, and saves GM over $1 million dollars annually. The use of landfill gas instead of natural gas also reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, energy from the plant’s 350-kilowatt array owned by DTE Energy will be sent back to the grid for use by area homes and businesses. In total, the energy saved will be equivalent to avoiding 261 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

For customers who are also excited about the new Bolt, or any other EV, DTE offers PEV rates and information.

Congratulations to Chevrolet, GM and the people who manufacture the Bolt, we feel like a proud, overly energetic relative..