Detroit Edison Renewable Energy Agreements Approved by Michigan Public Service Commission.

12 Aug 2010

Detroit Edison announced on Tuesday that two contracts totaling 20 megawatts of renewable energy capacity (enough to power close to 14,000 homes) were approved by the State of Michigan.  The contracts, which expand DTE’s renewable energy portfolio, call for DTE to purchase energy over the next 20 years from two suppliers generating energy from landfill gas and wood waste biomass. 

Pipelines capture methane gas to generate energy. Photo credit: meaduva@Flickr

Why is DTE doing this?  It is simple.  In October 2008, Michigan enacted Public Act 295, which requires the state’s investor-owned utilities to generate 10% of their retail electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2015.  Under the standard, eligible renewables include, among others, biomass, solar, wind, and geothermal resources.  Although the state’s two largest investor-owned utilities – Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy – expect that the majority of their renewable energy will come from wind and solar, both utilities are seeking other renewable resources in order to meet the goal. 

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