Pittsfield Township residents have spoken – they want renewable, reliable and affordable energy and they want it now. Nearly 600 Pittsfield Township residents enrolled in DTE’s MIGreenPower program since April, when the township rolled out a challenge to encourage its residents to sign up for the program. The challenge was designed to position Pittsfield Township as the first community in Southeast Michigan to acquire most of its energy from renewable resources.
“This overwhelming response by our community is further evidence of the high priority Pittsfield Township residents and businesses place on controlling climate change through increased investment in renewable energy,” said Mandy Grewal, supervisor of Pittsfield Township.
The uptick in MIGreenPower participation among Pittsfield Township residents represents a 230% increase in program participation over the course of the challenge. Washtenaw County, the county Pittsfield Township is part of, is home to the highest concentration of MIGreenPower subscribers throughout DTE’s service territory.
“Thousands of our customers in Washtenaw County are turning to MIGreenPower to deliver on their clean energy goals – whether they be a residential, commercial, industrial or municipal customer,” said Brian Calka, director of Renewable Energy Solutions at DTE Energy. “We’re proud to be one of the first utilities to offer flexible solutions to our municipal customers, and we plan on rolling out additional MIGreenPower programs in the near future to further support their sustainability targets.”
Since the program’s inception in 2017, the nearly 14,000 residential customers enrolled in MIGreenPower have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 45,000 metric tons, the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking approximately 10,000 cars off the road for one year. Some of Michigan’s most well-known companies are also enrolled in MIGreenPower; the University of Michigan, General Motors, Ford and the Detroit Zoo all joined the program last year.
As more customers enroll in MIGreenPower, DTE will build additional renewable energy projects on their behalf. Later this year, DTE will acquire three wind parks to source several MIGreenPower contracts. DTE is also in the process of negotiating several contracts for additional solar and wind projects to support the program’s projected growth over the next three years.
MIGreenPower is open to all DTE electric customers interested in reducing their impact on the environment. To learn more or enroll, visit migreenpower.com or call 855.613.4445.