DTE Belle River power plant to stop using coal two years ahead of schedule
DTE Energy Belle River’s power plant in East China Township will cease all use of coal at least two years ahead of schedule, pushing the company forward on its plan to reduce carbon emissions.
The plant will cease using coal no later than December 2028. The initial date for the cessation of fuel use was scheduled for 2030, according to a press release from the DTE.
The plan will strengthen DTE’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions and allow the company to achieve a 50% reduction in carbon emissions faster than expected. The move is in line with the rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s electric steam effluent limitation guidelines, the company said.
“A key part of DTE’s Clean Vision plan involves the sequential decommissioning of our coal-fired plants,” said Jerry Norcia, Managing Director of DTE Energy. “By making this important production decision now, DTE continues to be proactive in improving our reliability, meeting the growing needs of our customers, and accelerating our journey towards cleaner, more affordable power generation for the customers and communities we do. let’s serve.
The company will assess a conversion of the Belle River power plant to cleaner energy sources as it invests in more renewable energy. The assessment will be assessed in future regulatory filings, the statement said.
Mike Berkowitz, representative of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Michigan, said the organization is encouraged by DTE’s move.
“We are encouraged that DTE sees the writing on the wall for dirty and expensive coal and is moving ahead of retirement from its Belle River plant by two years. However, DTE is expected to cease coal mining at this plant even earlier and replace that capacity with true renewable energy and storage instead of fossil gas, a bogus solution resulting in significant water and methane pollution. “
DTE will also table its Clean Vision Plan, which will provide a detailed assessment of its customers’ current and future energy needs and how it will meet those needs, next fall, a full year ahead of its deadline.
Renee McClelland, senior communications strategist for DTE, said the company is evaluating other cleaner energy sources for the site, such as natural gas or blended hydrogen.
McClelland said this will ensure energy remains reliable and affordable. Meanwhile, the company continues to develop renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
DTE has decommissioned four coal-fired plants – Marysville, Harbor Beach, Conners Creek and River Rouge – and plans to decommission the St. Clair and Trenton Channel plants in 2022.
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