DTE Energy has been named a 2020 Environmental Champion utility in Escalent’s Utility Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement study. DTE is one of only six utilities that have been designated an Environmental Champion in this survey every year since the study’s inception in 2015. This prestigious distinction is based on survey results from utility customers who rate their energy providers on environmental stewardship in their business operations, energy efficiency programs and service to their customers.
“On the heels of our nation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, DTE is proud that our customers recognize our dedication to protecting the environment,” said Skiles Boyd, DTE’s vice president of Environmental Management and Resources. “This honor reflects our tireless efforts in continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste generation. We have also worked hard to enhance energy savings for our customers and significantly increase our renewable energy investments as we help lead Michigan to a cleaner energy future.
Over the past 12 months, DTE has undertaken several environmental initiatives including:
- Announcing a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions in our electric utility by 2050. Our bold net zero goal sets the framework for us to go beyond our existing commitments to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2040, ensuring our medium- and long-term actions align with the scientific consensus around the importance of achieving significant economy-wide carbon emissions reduction by mid-century.
- Increasing our renewable energy generation capacity by 50% by bringing four new wind parks online. Three of these new parks will be Michigan’s largest. By the end of 2020, our renewable energy portfolio will generate enough clean energy to power more than 700,000 homes. Since 2009, we’ve driven investments of $3 billion in renewable energy infrastructure – a figure that will increase to more than $5 billion by 2024
- Doubling participation in our voluntary renewable energy program, MIGreenPower. With more than 12,000 residential and small business customers enrolled in MIGreenPower, it is one of the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the country. Companies enrolled in MIGreenPower include some of Michigan’s most iconic brands, including General Motors, Fordand the University of Michigan.
- Incentivizing electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure investments by introducing the Charging Forward program which offers incentives for our business customers to install, own and operate Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFCs) along major highway corridors in Michigan. This initiative is designed to make electric vehicle (EV) charging more convenient for EV users across Michigan and encourage increased utilization of zero-emissions vehicles.
We are proud of our environmental leadership and remain committed to maintaining our status as a sustainability leader