EDF Commends DTE Energy for Its 80% Carbon Reduction Pledge

Statement from Gwen Ruta, Senior Vice President, Climate and Energy, Environmental Defense Fund

May 16, 2017
Erica Fick, (512) 691-3406, efick@edf.org

(Boston, MA) Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) today commended the pledge by DTE Energy, one of the largest utilities in Michigan, to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. The company plans to achieve these reductions by incorporating substantially more renewable energy, retiring a total of 11 coal plants by the early 2020s, and strengthening options for customers to save energy and reduce bills.

“A public commitment to system-wide carbon reductions of this magnitude is significant. DTE Energy deserves credit for its leadership to move away from coal, and expand investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency.  

“EDF expects that DTE Energy will also be a leader in addressing methane reductions across the natural gas supply chain to ensure its use will also help drive the greenhouse gas reductions to which the company is committing. We look forward to seeing this plan come to fruition in the next decades.”

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