Partners in the Power Up Michigan Coalition

ecology center

Increasing Michigan’s reliance on natural gas for energy generation will mean another generation exposed to air, water, and soil pollution, having a direct impact on public health. Every step of the natural gas life cycle – from extraction and storage to transporting and burning – results in negative health impacts due to associated emissions of toxic pollutants, including methane, volatile organic compounds, and ozone.

Mara Herman

Health Outreach Coordinator, Ecology Center

Environmental Law & Policy Center

DTE is overlooking flexible, reliable, renewable resources that can deliver affordable energy to their customers. DTE failed to seriously look at solar and wind power, battery storage, energy efficiency, and demand response, which would give DTE the flexibility it needs to integrate clean, cost-effective renewables that are good for Michigan’s economy and environment.

Margrethe Kearney

Senior Staff Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Environment Michigan

DTE is missing the opportunity to be a leader, and instead saddling their ratepayers for decades with a bad investment that will only get worse as time goes by.

Nathan Murphy

Director, Environment Michigan

MI Air MI Health

There is a significant body of research linking exposure to air pollution to negative health outcomes, such as asthma, chronic heart and lung conditions, various cancers, stroke, diabetes, cognitive disorders and dementia; And, our most vulnerable populations (i.e., children, seniors, low-income residents and people of color) are at the greatest risk of suffering from these health impacts.

One of our largest sources of air and water pollution is the toxic emissions that are a byproduct of burning fossil fuels for our energy production. As DTE transitions away from coal, it is important to recognize that shifting directly to natural gas will still produce significant amounts of dangerous emissions and contribute to climate change. However, expanding our use of clean renewable energy and energy efficiency will reduce dangerous pollution and protect the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable populations. We urge DTE to consider these health impacts as they plan our energy future.

-Kindra Weid, RN, MPH

Coalition Coordinator, MI Air MI Health

Michigan Environmental Council

With Michigan families paying some of the highest rates for energy, it is clear that DTE’s proposal to build a new $1 billion natural gas plant isn’t the right choice for Michigan residents and our pocketbooks. The state and DTE should invest in options like renewable energy and energy efficiency that lower residents’ electric bills.

Charlotte Jameson

Energy Policy and Legislative Affairs Director, Michigan Environmental Council

Michigan League of Conservation Voters

The Markets have moved and Michiganders are ready to push the clean energy future.  Now that renewable energy is often cheaper than natural gas, delaying our transition to wind, solar and efficiency is bad public policy and costs consumers.

Nick Occhipinti

Government Affairs Director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters

With record amounts of coal plants retiring, we have a unique opportunity to make efficiency and renewables the foundation of our state’s energy future.

Ariana Gonzalez

Energy Policy Analyst, NRDC

sierra club

It is time for DTE to focus on renewable energy and not fossil fuels. This coalition’s goal is to empower customers to say ‘no’ to a billion dollar gas plant, and ‘yes’ to Renewables. It simply does not make sense to tie customers’ to a long term investment into a gas plant, when renewable energy continues to become a better and cheaper alternative. So, let’s say no to the past and yes to Michigan’s bright energy future.

Regina Strong

Michigan Director, Beyond Coal Campaign, Sierra Club


Michigan communities should have a say in the energy decisions that impact our lives. We should all have the right to choose an energy future that is cleaner, safer, and more affordable for our communities. We know that renewable energy can give us that future and call on DTE to make decisions based on what is good for Michigan’s people – not just their profit margins.

Jackson Koeppel

Executive Director, Soulardarity

Union of Concerned Scientists

DTE seeks approval to charge its customers almost a billion dollars for a new natural gas plant. But when independent experts reviewed DTE’s analysis, they found errors, inappropriate assumptions, and biases that raise serious doubts about whether DTE’s proposed plant is in the best interest of its customers. The Michigan Public Service Commission should protect ratepayers by rejecting this half-baked proposal.

Sam Gomberg

Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Vote Solar

Michigan families and businesses will bear the brunt of paying for DTE Energy’s proposed gas plant and have the most to gain from local investment in more affordable options like wind and solar energy. Power Up Michigan empowers energy customers to say ‘no’ to DTE Energy’s billion-dollar proposal and instead call for a responsible path to reliable energy that is cheaper, safer and healthier for our communities.

Becky Stanfield

Senior Director of Western States, Vote Solar