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DTE Energy Opens Fueling Station in West Michigan

New Location Will Save Customers Money and Help Reduce Environmental Impact

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – DTE Energy will host a grand opening event for its new public fueling station for vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG) on Thursday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Padnos Iron & Metal facility at 450 44th Street SW in Wyoming, Mich.

Compressed natural gas is “the other” alternative fuel and is rapidly growing as a fuel of choice for truck and bus fleet operators due to its advantages as a cleaner, less costly option than petroleum-based alternatives.

While today’s electric vehicles are suitable for short commutes and other limited applications, CNG-powered vehicles perform just like gasoline-powered vehicles. They have the same power and cruising range as comparable gasoline vehicles, but fuel costs are costs are cut in half and emissions are cut by 70 to 90 percent.

“Natural gas vehicles offer a safe complementary technology to gasoline, hybrid and electric vehicles – and they are particularly well suited to medium- and heavy-duty applications,” said Jerry Norcia, President and Chief Operating Officer of MichCon & Group President DTE Energy. “NGVs are ready for the road today with technology that operates like a gasoline vehicle, but with lower fuel costs and significantly lower emissions.”

The advantages of CNG over traditional fuels like diesel are compelling:

  • Nearly 40% fewer CO2 emissions than gasoline, 20-30% less than diesel
  • Costs nearly 40% less than diesel at the pump. Similar savings over gasoline
  • Easier on spark plugs and motor oil – reduced maintenance costs
  • Up to 84% lower particulate emissions than diesel* (*U.S. Dept. of Energy

With the opening of the Wyoming fueling station, DTE Energy is taking a fundamental step forward in developing a fueling infrastructure to better serve fleet operators in West Michigan. Regional fleet operators are poised to save thousands of dollars in annual fuel charges and prevent the emission of hundreds of tons of CO2 and particulate emissions each year

The fueling station will serve as a backdrop where Jerry Norcia, president of MichCon and Sean Reed from the Clean Energy Coalition along with leadership from DTE Energy and Cummins Bridgeway will join elected officials and fleet operators to discuss the positive impact this new location will have on the region. There will also be a live fueling demonstration and an exhibition of assorted CNG vehicles and equipment to explore. To register for the event, please visit dteenergy.com/cngevent.

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

On site media interviews and video opportunities are available.

For further information, members of the media may contact:

Roger Royer, DTE Energy, 616-954-4600, royerr@dteenergy.com

Amanda Passage, Lambert, Edwards & Associates, 616-233-0500, apassage@lambert-edwards.com