DTE gas plant proposal locks in fossil fuel risks for Michigan customers

Yesterday, Michigan investor-owned utility DTE Energy filed a request for a certificate of necessity (CON) at the state Commission seeking approval to build a 1,100 MW, billion dollar gas-fired gas plant. In response, advocates representing clean energy stakeholders announced plans to intervene in the process. Vote Solar and other public interest organizations will present data on the clean, reliable and affordable energy sources that are a more prudent investment for Michigan’s ratepayers, economy, and environment.

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Below is a statement from Becky Stanfield, Senior Director, Western States, on DTE’s request:

Utilities, businesses, and homeowners across the country are turning to solar power to keep energy costs low, build healthy communities, and fight climate change. There is a clear need in Michigan to retire aging, polluting and expensive coal plants, and we commend DTE for moving in that direction. However, replacing those coal units with a new gas plant will expose customers to decades more reliance on imported and potentially volatile fossil fuels.

Vote Solar will intervene in this proceeding at the Commission to provided analysis on how an alternative plan that maximizes affordable, reliable and flexible solar and other clean energy options may be a better solution for Michigan electricity customers.”

 

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