DTE Energy and The Ark announce 'Green Energy' partnership


DETROIT, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy and The Ark, one of the premier folk, roots and acoustic music venues in the North America, have formed a unique partnership to promote renewable energy in Michigan.

November will be Green Energy month at The Ark. During November, all electricity used at the concert venue will be offset by renewable power provided under DTE Energy's GreenCurrents renewable energy program. Additionally, anyone who enrolls in GreenCurrents at The Ark in November will receive a free music CD, or a ticket to an upcoming Ark performance

GreenCurrents is a voluntary program that enables DTE Energy's electric customers to "green up" their power with renewable energy created from sustainable sources like the wind and biomass. For as little as $2.50 extra a month, GreenCurrents customers can help improve the environment and support the development of new renewable energy projects in Michigan.

"We think The Ark is a great venue, and an ideal place for us to promote the GreenCurrents program," said Larry Kaufman, energy efficiency specialist for DTE Energy. "Every person who signs up for GreenCurrents will cause clean, renewable energy to be generated on their behalf - and will help shape the future of sustainable energy here in Michigan."

Located in Ann Arbor, The Ark is a non-profit organization that hosts more than 300 live performances a year, including 28 shows that are scheduled for November. Marianne James, Managing Director at The Ark, believes the partnership with DTE Energy will be beneficial for both organizations.

"We know that many people who come to The Ark are committed to the environment and interested in renewable energy," James said. "This partnership will give our audiences the opportunity to learn more about the GreenCurrents program, and how they can reduce their own carbon footprint."

Green Energy month at The Ark will kick off Oct. 30 with a free concert featuring Detroit band Zebula Avenue. Anyone enrolling in GreenCurrents that night - or at any Ark show in November - will receive a CD from that evening's performer; the new Mountain Heart CD, Road That Never Ends, recorded live at The Ark; or a ticket to an upcoming Ark performance (up to a $20 value).

More information about Green Energy month at The Ark is available at, or by calling (734) 761-1800. Additional information on DTE Energy's GreenCurrents program is available at, or by calling (866) 207-6955.


CONTACT: Len Singer of DTE Energy, +1-313-235-8809, or Barb Chaffer
Authier of The Ark, +1-734-761-1800 Ext. 26

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