DTE Energy’s Vice President for Environmental Management and Resources, Skiles Boyd, and other Michigan community leaders recently joined U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for the rollout of her new climate impact report: “The Climate Crisis and Michigan.”
The report documents scientific research on the impact of climate change in Michigan and outlines how the state is poised to lead the way in addressing the challenges of the climate crisis.
“The Great Lakes region is warming faster than other parts of the country,” Stabenow said. “Climate change is leading to more severe storms and flooding while also impacting the agriculture industry, fishing and public health.”
Stabenow said Michigan is in a great position to address climate change through new jobs and technology and cited DTE Energy as a leader in the transition to cleaner forms of energy.
“DTE has ambitious goals to phase out coal while investing in renewables and electric vehicle charging station infrastructure,” Stabenow said. “Investing in cleaner and more efficient technologies is good for Michigan’s economy.”
During the event, Boyd reaffirmed DTE’s commitment to help combat climate change. “Climate change is a key issue of our time on which we all need to be focused,” Boyd said. “No sector is more central to addressing this challenge than the energy industry, which is why DTE is leading from the front to create solutions.”
As part of his remarks, Boyd discussed the steps DTE is taking to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as the energy company’s bold new ambition to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Boyd also pledged that DTE will continue to work with policy makers, environmental groups, industry peers and others on advancing clean energy technologies.
As Michigan’s clean energy leader, DTE Energy is on pace to triple its renewable capacity in the next 10 years and has developed some of the largest wind and solar installations in the Midwest. To date, the energy company has driven investment of $2.8 billion in Michigan-made renewables and expects to double that in the next five years.