General Motors partners with DTE on wind energy in Michigan

Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:37 AM EST
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General Motors and DTE Energy announced a partnership on Tuesday on wind energy in Michigan.

GM has committed to increasing its renewable energy footprint globally and finding clean energy solutions.

With that in mind, they partnered with DTE for 300,000 megawatt hours of wind energy in Michigan.

Once the process is completed, the energy sourced will be enough to power 100% of the electricity needs for the Global Technical Center in Warren and GM's Detroit-based operations at the Renaissance Center.

The 300,000 megawatt hours is equivalent to the amount of power used by almost 30,000 U.S. households a year.

According to the release, GM will source the wind power through an agreement with DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower, a renewable energy program that enables DTE customers to attribute up to 100 percent of their energy use to DTE clean energy projects in Michigan.

"Investing in renewable energy remains an important part of GM's vision for a zero emissions future," said Rob Threlkeld, global manager of Sustainable Energy and Supply Reliability for General Motors. "Our partnership with DTE Energy will help us get closer to achieving our goal of powering all our operations in Michigan with 100 percent clean energy. It helps demonstrate that local and regional industry partnerships are paramount to GM’s clean energy future, where renewable sources will account for 100 percent of our global energy footprint by 2050.”

DTE said that they plan to build or acquire additional clean energy projects and expand MIGreenPower to meet increasing customer demand, and it will begin by sourcing to GM.

“Knowing that access to more renewable energy is important to our largest corporate and industrial customers, DTE will continue to expand MIGreenPower to help customers meet their sustainability targets,” said Trevor F. Lauer, president and COO, DTE Electric. “We appreciate GM’s environmental leadership and are excited that we can partner with them through MIGreenPower to deliver on their clean energy goals.”

“Our 100 percent renewable energy commitment, along with our pursuit of electrified vehicles and responsible manufacturing, is part of GM’s approach to strengthening its business, improving communities and addressing climate change,” said Threlkeld.

The MIGreenPower agreement comes on the heels of GM reaching 20 percent of its global energy supply from renewables.