Our business is providing clean, reliable, and affordable electricity and natural gas. Our commitment is to improve lives and promote growth. Recognized by Points of Light as one of the 50 best corporate citizens in the United States and the most community-minded energy company in the nation, DTE Energy is a transformational force for good.
Here’s a look back at what we’ve done over the past year, while we build on this momentum for many years to come.
It’s about creating opportunity to improve lives. This year, more than 4,500 DTE employees and retirees rolled up their sleeves and put in over 70,000 volunteer hours helping 707 nonprofit groups in Michigan. The numbers are impressive and the impact immeasurable. Meaningful work and good pay cured the summertime blues for more than 1,600 Michigan youth. This summer over 1,000 college and high school students enjoyed challenging, paid jobs with professional work experiences at DTE. Even more, the DTE Foundation supported 645 additional student jobs throughout our service territory.
Helping transform neighborhoods, we unveiled a $75 million plan to redevelop a disused former industrial site along the Huron River in Ann Arbor into a public park and mixed use development. And, we worked with residents in Detroit’s North End Community near our Caniff Service Center to improve safety, beautify public spaces, and repair homes. From Detroit to Grand Rapids and up to Escanaba, DTE and the DTE Foundation partnered with communities to support nearly 200 local events to bring Michiganders together and boost local economies. Over 250,000 visitors enjoyed more than 70 events at Beacon Park in downtown Detroit, including seasonal celebrations, live music, Night Markets, tailgate parties and fitness classes. A concert series entertained the area with free music, dancing, lights, and excitement. Lumen, Beacon Park’s award-winning restaurant, opened to acclaim; and the park is spurring neighborhood development toward a revitalized west central downtown community.
Our leadership in cleaner energy and environmental stewardship has never been stronger. We advanced our goals to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by building the Pine River Wind Park to power more than 54,000 homes with clean energy, part of our commitment to increase our investment in renewable energy by $1.7 billion over the next five years. We also broke ground on the $1 billion Blue Water Energy Center in St. Clair County, and made major strides in reducing methane, a greenhouse gas. The Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance, a group of electric utilities developing a greener supply chain, named DTE Energy its member of the year. The Wildlife Habitat Council recognized DTE with its 2018 Corporate Conservation Leadership Award for achievement in conservation efforts and exemplary corporate commitment to biodiversity and conservation education.
We’re powering a brighter tomorrow in the Great Lakes State by spending $1.4 billion with Michigan-based suppliers, and creating or sustaining more than 16,000 jobs. Chaired by DTE’s CEO Gerry Anderson, the Southeast Michigan Regional CEO Group launched a new 11-county economic development organization and made strong progress in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to continue revitalizing the Randolph and Breithaupt career technology education schools to advance development of training for needed employees in construction, hospitality, mechatronics and more. Our $2.1 billion, 255-mile Nexus Gas Transmission pipeline is now bringing natural gas from Pennsylvania through Ohio into Michigan, providing consumers with affordable, cleaner-burning and domestically-abundant gas.
Last year was about new highs in helping ignite community-based hope and inspiration to make a difference. Among the state’s largest foundations committed to Michigan-focused giving through nonprofits, the DTE Foundation created lasting impact by supporting initiatives focused on arts and culture, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, environment and human needs.
To learn more about how we’re a force for growth and prosperity, visit DTEImpact.com.