The University of Michigan is going green – and it has nothing to do with its cross-state rival. The Wolverines have signed on to DTE’s MIGreenPower, a program that enables customers to attribute more of their energy use to renewable resources here in Michigan.  

In January 2019, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a MIGreenPower option specifically designed for major corporations and industrial companies who want to access more renewable energy to meet their sustainability goals.  The University of Michigan joins both Ford and General Motors in choosing MIGreenPower to help meet enterprise sustainability targets. 

“We are excited that the University of Michigan chose MIGreenPower to help achieve its emission reduction targets and appreciate their participation in the program,” said Trevor F. Laurer, president and COO, DTE Electric. “The program is a great way for residential, business and commercial customers to reduce their carbon footprint easily and affordably.  Reducing carbon emissions and supporting our state’s clean energy economy are top priorities for DTE – in fact, we just accelerated our own carbon reduction targets by a decade and will reduce emissions by at least 80 percent by 2040.”   

U-M will purchase the equivalent of approximately 200,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy, enough to power the equivalent of about half of the electricity use of their Ann Arbor campus. The school’s renewable energy purchase will offset nearly 141,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking more than 30,000 cars off the road for a year. U-M’s investment in DTE’s MIGreenPower is part of their larger plan to achieve carbon neutrality across their three Michigan campuses.  

“U-M has established challenging carbon reduction goals, and we’re proud to help them access more renewable energy to achieve their targets,” said Dave Harwood, director of renewable energy at DTE Energy.

The university’s commitment complements DTE’s own clean energy goals as the company just accelerated its own carbon reduction goal  by a whole decade with a promise to reduce emissions by at least 80 percent by 2040.  

DTE is proud to be powering Michigan’s clean energy future alongside these leading Michigan organizations. 

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