DTE Energy Offers Renewable Energy Option


DETROIT, April 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DTE Energy's 2.2 million electric customers now have the option of choosing environmentally-friendly renewable energy for their homes and businesses.

Under a new voluntary program called GreenCurrents, DTE Energy's residence and business electric customers can choose to "green up" their power with renewable energy created from the wind, sun, water, biomass and other environmentally friendly sources.

"This coming Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, and I can't think of a better time for DTE Energy to launch our GreenCurrents renewable energy program," said Trevor Lauer, vice president of marketing for DTE Energy.

"For just a few dollars a month, our customers can help improve the environment, support the development of new renewable energy projects in Michigan, and help us meet the electricity demands of today without sacrificing the needs of future generations."

Under the GreenCurrents program, DTE Energy's Detroit Edison electricity customers can select a renewable energy option that best fits their budget. For $2.50 a month, residential customers can purchase a block of 100 kilowatt- hours of renewable energy, which represents about 15 - 20 percent of a typical home's monthly electric usage. Customers can also choose to match 100 percent of their home's electricity consumption with renewable resources for an additional cost of two cents per kilowatt-hour - or about $10 to $15 per month for a typical household.

Business customers can purchase a 1,000 kilowatt hour block of green energy for $20 a month - or match all of their electricity usage with renewable power for an additional cost of two cents per kilowatt hour.

"Currently, renewable energy facilities are more costly to build, operate and maintain than conventional sources of electricity," Lauer said. "But as customers step forward and embrace renewable energy, demand will grow, more and more alternative energy facilities will be brought on line and costs should begin to come down.

"Every customer who signs up for GreenCurrents will cause clean, renewable energy to be generated on their behalf - and that will drive the development of new Michigan-based renewable energy alternatives in the future," Lauer said.

With demand for electricity increasing and concern for the environment growing, renewable power will play an increasing role in meeting the future energy needs of Michigan and the nation, according to DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Anthony F. Earley.

"Some of our most important environmental questions center on the responsible use of energy," Earley said. "The challenge is striking the right balance between economic and environmental concerns as we work to make progress on both fronts. GreenCurrents is a step in the right direction, and a sound plan for the future."

Additional information on the GreenCurrents program is available at, or by calling (866) 207-6955.

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 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non- utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at


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