DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson responds to Governor Snyder's announcement today to suspend work on the state's plan to comply with the Clean Power Plan

DETROIT, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "Developing national energy policy is a complex process with a diversity of views nationally, so we understand, based on the recent Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan, the Governor's stay on further development of our state's 15-year energy plan until federal regulations are clarified. Here at DTE, we intend to stay focused on what is important to our customers – providing, affordable, reliable and clean energy.

"Between DTE's aging coal plants – some upwards of 60 years old – and the continuing costs of meeting a variety of new EPA regulations, many of these plants will need to be retired within the next few years and that process will continue in the decade ahead. We need to move forward with the retirement of these plants and replace these facilities with cleaner natural gas and renewable generation.

"We will continue to work with our legislators in Lansing to develop energy policy that ensures Michigan residents get the reliable energy supply they need as we proceed through this transition. The key elements of what is being discussed in the proposed energy legislation are foundational to ensuring that Michigan retains control of its clean energy future and provides the framework for replacing aging infrastructure, including much of our state's coal generation fleet."

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