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DTE Energy showcases the future of natural gas technology at Parade of Homes

PowerAire system provides 24/7 heating, cooling, water heating & backup power in an outage

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – DTE Energy has partnered with Pathway Homes to bring the future of home comfort technology to the 2016 Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area Parade of Homes.

The PowerAire system from M-Trigen of Houston, Texas, uses safe, clean, low-cost natural gas to provide residential and small business space heating, cooling, hot water and even back-up generation when the power goes out.

Representatives from DTE, M-TriGen and Traverse City-based Pathway Homes, which built the home that incorporates the technology, will be available to demonstrate the system and answer questions during the Parade of Homes, June 11 and 12, and June 16-19. The home is at 3449 Huellmantel Drive.

 The Traverse City installation is the first residential installation outside of Texas.

 “This system is revolutionary because this natural gas unit provides all of the utilities for a home, as well as a standby generator that kicks in when there’s a power outage,” said Bob Fegan, DTE’s principal marketing technical consultant. “We’re excited to show this new technology to our customers.”

Waste heat from the PowerAire’s engine and the outdoor air is recovered for use in space heating, water heating, floor heating or any other heating need, which results in reduced energy costs for the homeowner.

If there is a power outage, the PowerAire serves as a standby generator and provides uninterrupted electricity to the entire house, simultaneously providing heating or cooling.

 “We are looking forward to showcasing a residential application of our tri-generation system in Northern Michigan,” said Randy Erwin, M-TriGen vice president of sales. “This is a great opportunity for builders and homebuyers alike to check out how the PowerAire can work for them.”

"The PowerAire includes a monitoring system that can be controlled from anywhere via a 4G cellular or LAN network connection. There also is an optional solar photovoltaic system for additional electricity production and storage.

The cost of the PowerAire is competitive with high-end heating and cooling systems that include a standby generator system.  If solar PV is included, a partial Renewable Energy Tax Credit substantially reduces the cost.

For more information about the PowerAire, see M-TriGen or contact Bob Fegan, feganb@dteenergy.com. For more information about the Parade of Homes, see www.hbagta.com/parade-of-homes.

About DTE Energy

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 an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

For further information: Scott Simons or Pete Ternes, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555