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Does DTE’s Energy Plan “Make the Grade?”

Are you one of the 2.2 million who receive power from DTE Energy? Do you care about where your energy comes from?

DTE has proposed a plan that will affect Michigan for generations to come. But will DTE’s plan provide the clean, equitable, and affordable energy you deserve?

Read this “report card” to understand how DTE’s plan will directly impact you and whether they passed or failed. Share your thoughts directly with DTE on Facebook and Twitter.

Does DTE’s Energy Plan “Make the Grade?”

Are you one of the 2.2 million who receive power from DTE Energy? Do you care about where your energy comes from?

DTE has proposed a plan that will affect Michigan for generations to come. But will DTE’s plan provide the clean, equitable, and affordable energy you deserve?

Read this “report card” to understand how DTE’s plan will directly impact you and whether they passed or failed. Share your thoughts directly with DTE on Facebook and Twitter.

 

DTE Receives Failing Grades

DTE Energy has released their 15-year energy plan for Michigan. A broad coalition of clean energy, environmental justice, and consumer advocacy organizations scored DTE Energy’s proposed plan and determined that it doesn’t make the grade.

Michigan’s energy regulators are currently deciding whether or not DTE’s failing plan goes forward. Tell them: Send DTE back to the drawing board!

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Clean Energy Benefits

  • Providing access to renewable and energy efficiency programs for low-and moderate-income customers so that they are able to fully capture the benefits of clean energy, including bill savings, health benefits, and job opportunities
  • Taking additional steps to ensure equitable access to the clean energy future in light of the disproportionate impacts of DTE’s aging electrical infrastructure and energy burden on low-income customers
Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE’s emphasis on voluntary renewable energy programs makes them more costly and less accessible. DTE also constrains the use of energy efficiency in their plan. Less energy efficiency funding means less energy efficiency benefits for low-income customers who face a higher energy burden. These benefits include lower energy bills, preservation of affordable housing, and healthier homes.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

F

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Clean Energy Benefits

  • Providing access to renewable and energy efficiency programs for low-and moderate-income customers so that they are able to fully capture the benefits of clean energy, including bill savings, health benefits, and job opportunities
  • Taking additional steps to ensure equitable access to the clean energy future in light of the disproportionate impacts of DTE’s aging electrical infrastructure and energy burden on low-income customers

GRADE:

F

Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE’s emphasis on voluntary renewable energy programs makes them more costly and less accessible. DTE also constrains the use of energy efficiency in their plan. Less energy efficiency funding means less energy efficiency benefits for low-income customers who face a higher energy burden. These benefits include lower energy bills, preservation of affordable housing, and healthier homes.

Supporting Testimony

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Ensuring Affordable Energy for All Customers

  • Maximizing the most affordable resources to meet DTE customers’ needs
Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE’s proposed plan prioritizes their shareholders over their customers. By constraining energy efficiency and renewables and favoring gas and coal, they guarantee that their plan is not as affordable as it could be. Additionally, they did not choose their own modeling’s least cost plans.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

D-

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Ensuring Affordable Energy for All Customers

  • Maximizing the most affordable resources to meet DTE customers’ needs

GRADE:

D-

Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE’s proposed plan prioritizes their shareholders over their customers. By constraining energy efficiency and renewables and favoring gas and coal, they guarantee that their plan is not as affordable as it could be. Additionally, they did not choose their own modeling’s least cost plans.

Supporting Testimony

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Building Community Power and Developing Local Workforce

  • Supporting clean energy opportunities within communities, including rooftop solar and neighborhood-owned power generation
  • Developing plans to ensure economic development opportunities in communities, particularly where fossil fuel power plants are retiring
  • Gathering and incorporating input from those communities that are most affected
Why DTE Got This Grade
From start to finish, the process and final result were not inclusive nor designed to build community power. Planning principles gave lip service to community impact, but failed to meaningfully work with communities to come up with solutions.
Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

D

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Building Community Power and Developing Local Workforce

  • Supporting clean energy opportunities within communities, including rooftop solar and neighborhood-owned power generation
  • Developing plans to ensure economic development opportunities in communities, particularly where fossil fuel power plants are retiring
  • Gathering and incorporating input from those communities that are most affected

GRADE:

D

Why DTE Got This Grade
From start to finish, the process and final result were not inclusive nor designed to build community power. Planning principles gave lip service to community impact, but failed to meaningfully work with communities to come up with solutions.
Supporting Testimony

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Protecting Public Health

  • Retiring dirty coal plants as soon as possible
  • Maximizing investments in clean energy sources like wind and solar
  • Prioritizing energy efficiency to reduce the need for new power plants thereby reducing polluting emissions
  • Ensuring extensive pollutant emission data and tracking
Why DTE Got This Grade

Pollution from power plants is linked to many health conditions, such as asthma, chronic lung and heart diseases, various cancers, low birth weight, and many others. Additionally, air pollutants like those emitted from DTE’s coal units are known to exacerbate climate change. The worsening climate crisis will have negative impacts on Michigan and the health of our residents, especially our most vulnerable populations.

To combat this, DTE must be analyzing the earliest possible retirement dates. As for clean energy options, energy efficiency not only avoids pollution, but also improves indoor air quality as well.

 

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

D

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Protecting Public Health

  • Retiring dirty coal plants as soon as possible
  • Maximizing investments in clean energy sources like wind and solar
  • Prioritizing energy efficiency to reduce the need for new power plants thereby reducing polluting emissions
  • Ensuring extensive pollutant emission data and tracking

GRADE:

D

Why DTE Got This Grade

Pollution from power plants is linked to many health conditions, such as asthma, chronic lung and heart diseases, various cancers, low birth weight, and many others. Additionally, air pollutants like those emitted from DTE’s coal units are known to exacerbate climate change. The worsening climate crisis will have negative impacts on Michigan and the health of our residents, especially our most vulnerable populations.

To combat this, DTE must be analyzing the earliest possible retirement dates. As for clean energy options, energy efficiency not only avoids pollution, but also improves indoor air quality as well.

 

Supporting Testimony

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Prioritizing Energy Efficiency

  • Properly valuing energy efficiency benefits
  • Capturing all cost-effective energy efficiency
  • Enabling robust low-income programs
Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE undervalues the benefits and overestimates the costs of energy efficiency throughout their plan. The result is an inaccurate conclusion of what level of efficiency they should be pursuing.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

C+

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Prioritizing Energy Efficiency

  • Properly valuing energy efficiency benefits
  • Capturing all cost-effective energy efficiency
  • Enabling robust low-income programs

GRADE:

C+

Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE undervalues the benefits and overestimates the costs of energy efficiency throughout their plan. The result is an inaccurate conclusion of what level of efficiency they should be pursuing.

Supporting Testimony

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Building A Path Towards 100% Clean Energy

  • Maximizing wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies towards 100% clean energy as soon as possible
  • Requesting proposals from third-party developers to ensure renewable energy projects are cost-competitive
  • Developing community solar projects
Why DTE Got This Grade

The utility overestimated renewable energy costs. Additionally, they failed to request proposals from third-party developers that could have been more cost-effective. Finally, they proposed to develop the majority of their renewable energy through a voluntary program which asks customers to bear additional costs.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

D-

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Building A Path Towards 100% Clean Energy

  • Maximizing wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies towards 100% clean energy as soon as possible
  • Requesting proposals from third-party developers to ensure renewable energy projects are cost-competitive
  • Developing community solar projects

GRADE:

D-

Why DTE Got This Grade

The utility overestimated renewable energy costs. Additionally, they failed to request proposals from third-party developers that could have been more cost-effective. Finally, they proposed to develop the majority of their renewable energy through a voluntary program which asks customers to bear additional costs.

Supporting Testimony

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Retiring Coal Plants

  • Conducting comprehensive economic assessments of alternative, earlier retirement dates for each of their Belle River and Monroe coal units
  • Analyzing health impacts of coal plant emissions
Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE’s plan included cost calculation errors and a lack of sufficient analysis of earlier retirement dates, showing a clear bias toward ensuring their Belle River plant continued to operate through 2029 and 2030. Additionally, they completely ignored any analysis of their Monroe plant.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

C-

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Retiring Coal Plants

  • Conducting comprehensive economic assessments of alternative, earlier retirement dates for each of their Belle River and Monroe coal units
  • Analyzing health impacts of coal plant emissions

GRADE:

C-

Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE’s plan included cost calculation errors and a lack of sufficient analysis of earlier retirement dates, showing a clear bias toward ensuring their Belle River plant continued to operate through 2029 and 2030. Additionally, they completely ignored any analysis of their Monroe plant.

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Avoiding Additional Fracked Gas Infrastructures

  • Refraining from additional, risky, and unnecessary fracked gas energy infrastructure
Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE outlines their plan for the next five years in detail, but for the following years opt for four flexible pathways. Two of those flexible pathways include 414 MW gas plants. This is on top of the 1,100 MW gas plant they are currently building.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

D-

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Clean Energy Benefits

  • Providing access to renewable and energy efficiency programs for low-and moderate-income customers so that they are able to fully capture the benefits of clean energy, including bill savings, health benefits, and job opportunities
  • Taking additional steps to ensure equitable access to the clean energy future in light of the disproportionate impacts of DTE’s aging electrical infrastructure and energy burden on low-income customers

GRADE:

D-

Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE outlines their plan for the next five years in detail, but for the following years opt for four flexible pathways. Two of those flexible pathways include 414 MW gas plants. This is on top of the 1,100 MW gas plant they are currently building.

Supporting Testimony

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Lobbying Against the Public Interest

  • Spends significant money on lobbying against the wishes of their customers
Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE retains multiple lobbying firms, each with a team of lobbyists, to advance DTE’s corporate interests, spending over $1.4 million in direct lobbying expenses in a single year on federal lobbying.

Supporting Testimony

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GRADE:

A+

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Clean Energy Benefits

  • Providing access to renewable and energy efficiency programs for low-and moderate-income customers so that they are able to fully capture the benefits of clean energy, including bill savings, health benefits, and job opportunities
  • Taking additional steps to ensure equitable access to the clean energy future in light of the disproportionate impacts of DTE’s aging electrical infrastructure and energy burden on low-income customers

GRADE:

A+

Why DTE Got This Grade

DTE retains multiple lobbying firms, each with a team of lobbyists, to advance DTE’s corporate interests, spending over $1.4 million in direct lobbying expenses in a single year on federal lobbying.

Supporting Testimony

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Endorsers

The following organizations developed this report card for DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, and testified to energy regulators at the Michigan Public Service Commission to for a more equitable clean energy Michigan.

Pictured at top: Soulardarity organizes Michigan DTE Energy customers to speak out.
A broad coalition of advocates unites to power up Michigan with clean energy.

Pictured at top: Soulardarity organizes Michigan DTE Energy customers to speak out.

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