Washtenaw County residents have spoken – they’re ready to embrace cleaner energy! Nearly 200 Washtenaw County residents enrolled in two of DTE Energy’s CleanVision cleaner energy programs – Natural Gas Balance and MIGreenPower – when the company rolled out a challenge to encourage customers to sign up earlier this year. If more than 100 Washtenaw County residents enrolled in both programs by the end of April, DTE promised to plant 20 trees in Washtenaw County. Residents easily exceeded the goal!
Natural Gas Balance and MIGreenPower allow customers to make an immediate impact by greening their natural gas or electric service. With both programs, customers can balance a portion of their energy usage to cleaner energy sources. Natural Gas Balance’s energy supply comes from a diverse mix of renewable natural gas from wastewater treatment facilities and landfills, and carbon offset credits preserving forests in Michigan. With MIGreenPower, residents are increasing the development of Michigan-made renewable energy assets like wind and solar parks.
Natural Gas Balance and MIGreenPower team members were on hand to plant the trees in October and November. The 20 trees were planted across an array of parks in Washtenaw County: Arbor Oaks and Ellsworth parks in Ann Arbor, and Kosch Headwaters Preserve and Meyer Preserve in Ypsilanti.
“This challenge was very full-circle for those who care about the environment,” said Megan Tenev, program lead for Natural Gas Balance. “Trees are natural carbon recyclers, so we were thrilled to award Washtenaw County with trees after signing up for a cleaner energy program.”