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GM, Ford sign big wind power deals with Michigan utility DTE

Crain’s Detroit Business:

General Motors will use 100 percent renewable energy to power its global technical center in Warren and a large part of its Detroit-based world headquarters at the Renaissance Center.

About 300,000 megawatt-hours of wind power, enough to power about 30,000 households per year, will come from DTE Energy Co.’s MIGreenPower program, said GM and DTE in a statement. Nationwide, GM said its renewable energy deals to date total 1.71 terawatt hours, more than any other automaker in the region.

Last week, Ford Motor Co. signed a similar deal with DTE for 500,000 megawatt hours through MIGreenPower.

DTE said it plans to build or acquire new wind projects to source the MIGreenPower program that Ford has joined. The Detroit-based company did not say where they would be located as sites are being investigated. The company now has 13 wind parks and 31 solar arrays. The wind parks are in the Thumb and mid-Michigan. The utility said it plans in March to commission its largest park so far, in Gratiot and Isabella counties in Mid-Michigan.

In January, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved a special rate structure for DTE to expand MIGreenPower, its voluntary renewable energy program for large corporate and industrial customers. GM is the second company, after Ford, to take advantage of this new structure. In 2017, DTE launched a slightly different MIGreenPower voluntary program to residential customers in which people pay extra on their monthly bills to support renewable energy capacity. Customers can invest in DTE-owned wind and solar farms by paying about $5 extra per month. Michigan’s 2016 energy law mandated utilities to create a green pricing program for customers.

GM officials also said the company now generates 20 percent of its global energy supply from renewables. GM also is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and an early signatory of RE100, a collaborative global initiative uniting influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for and delivery of renewable energy.

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