DTE Energy announces new agricultural energy-efficiency incentives

Equipment upgrades can lower operating expenses

CASS CITY, Mich., Jan. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE)  today announced the addition of new agricultural energy-efficiency incentives under its Commercial Energy-Efficiency Incentive Program.

With the addition of 20 new measures, members of Michigan's agricultural community now can apply for cash incentives that will help pay for equipment upgrades and lower their monthly operating expenses. These incentives are available to both commercial and residential rate-code agriculture customers.

DTE created incentives for those energy-efficiency measures that are among the most commonly found on Michigan crop and dairy farms, and in commercial greenhouses. The incentives are for equipment including irrigation systems, refrigeration, grain dryers and those for greenhouses and dairy operations.

"Michigan's farms are the backbone of one of the most important sectors of our state's economy," said Vicki Campbell, DTE Energy director, Energy Efficiency.  "With these new incentives, DTE Energy is reaching out to Michigan's agricultural community to help members save energy and money in their operations."

Over the past several years, DTE Energy worked with Lawrence Tech University to identify opportunities for efficiency improvement.

"Interest continues to grow among Michigan's producers and agribusinesses regarding energy efficiency, and we welcome these new incentives from DTE Energy," said Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association. "This is a step in the right direction that will expand opportunity for those in the agriculture sector to save energy and boost their bottom line."

The Energy Efficiency Program for Business was launched in 2009 to help DTE Energy business customers save money by using less energy. The program offers customers a wide array of energy-efficiency ideas and incentives. Customers can earn incentives if they make improvements from a list of qualified efficiency upgrades for both gas and electric technologies, including energy-efficient lighting, drives, controls, heating ventilation and air conditioning. For more information, visit the program website at www.dteenergy/saveenergy or call (866) 796-0512 and press option 3.

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For further information: For further information, members of the media may call: Scott Simons or Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, (313) 235-5555