November 2011 - Twenty-nine companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2011 Conference in San Francisco. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS).
EPA's Partner of the Year awards went to the Empire State Building, Google Inc., Intel Corp., Kohl's Department Stores, and Staples. Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees and Washington Gas Energy Services were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year by DOE, and DTE Energy won for Utility Green Power Program of the Year. DOE also awarded the Clean Energy Collective the Innovative Green Power Program of the Year Award. CRS presented Tennessee Valley Campus Outreach Program the award for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program, New Leaf Paper, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Villanti & Sons, Printers Inc. the award for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. CRS also recognized Clean Currents for the Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) as the Green Power Pioneer Award.
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Energy Department Recognizes Nation's Top Green Power Programs
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EPA Honors 19 Organizations for Leadership in Clean Energy
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Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2011 Green Power Leadership Award Winners
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Green Power Leadership Awards Announced November 16, 2011
October 2011 - DTE Energy has teamed with Sterling Planet to create a pilot program for the creation and sale of Energy Optimization Credits (EOCs), known as White Tags. Each EOC represents 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of measurable and verifiable energy efficient projects or actions that reduce electricity use at facilities served by DTE Energy. DTE Energy will purchase up to 25,000 EOCs from electricity savings and up to 100,000 EOCs from natural gas savings from commercial and industrial customers over the next two years of the pilot program. All EOCs will be measured and validated by Sterling Planet.
DTE will use the EOCs to help meet Michigan energy efficiency mandates.
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DTE Energy Launches Program to Offer Energy Credits to Commercial and Industrial Customers
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Energy Optimization Credits - EOCs/White Tags
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White Tags Energy Efficiency Certificates
March 2010 - The University of Michigan has signed an agreement with DTE Energy to purchase renewable energy produced by Michigan-based wind turbines. The agreement is for 9 million kWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs), which is equivalent to 2 percent of the total electricity consumption at its Ann Arbor campus. The university will purchase the RECs through DTE Energy's GreenCurrents voluntary renewable energy program.
News Release - U-M, DTE Energy announce alternative energy partnership
Contact: Jim Michels, 734-615-7644
August 2007 - DTE Energy has signed a 10-year agreement with the developers of a new, Michigan-based wind project to supply the company's GreenCurrents renewable energy program. Under the program, the utility's residential and commercial customers can choose to purchase renewable energy either in 100-kWh blocks or for 100% of their electricity usage. Residential customers are charged $2.50 per block (or 2.5¢/kWh), while commercial customers pay $2 per block (2¢/kWh). Both customer classes pay 2¢/kWh for the 100% usage option. The wind project will start with two 2.5-MW wind turbines with an ultimate capacity planned to be in excess of 100 MW. The program was introduced in April and has garnered more than 3,000 customers to date.
News Release - DTE Energy's GreenCurrents Program Logs 4000th Subscriber
News Release - DTE Energy GreenCurrents Agreement Enables Michigan Company to Build New Wind Farm
News Article - DTE Agreement Means New Wind Farm in Richland
January 2007 - Detroit Edison, a retail electric utility subsidiary of DTE Energy operating in southeastern Michigan, is seeking approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission to offer a new green power program to its 2.2 million customers. Under the GreenCurrents program, residential and commercial customers can choose to purchase renewable energy either in 100-kWh blocks or for 100% of their electricity usage. Residential customers will be charged $2.50 per block (or 2.5¢/kWh), while commercial customers will pay $2 per block (2¢/kWh). Both customer classes will pay 2¢/kWh for the 100% usage option. To supply the program, Detroit Edison plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase power from renewable generation facilities located within Michigan. If the utility is unable to secure acceptable contracts for renewable power within the state, it will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from projects in other locales.
News Release - DTE Energy Proposes Renewable Energy Program
September 2005 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) is seeking comments on a renewable energy option proposed by Detroit Edison, which serves 2.1 million electricity customers in Southeastern Michigan. Under the proposed program, the utility's residential customers could purchase renewable energy equivalent to 50% or 100% of their electricity needs at a rate premium of 2¢/kWh. Non-residential customers would have an additional option of purchasing renewable energy in 1,000 kWh increments (blocks) each month at a premium of 2¢/kWh for the first 3,000 blocks and 1.8¢/kWh for all additional blocks. Initially, the utility would purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from projects located in the Great Lakes region to supply the program.
In seeking public comment, the MPSC is particularly interested in the appropriateness of a program design that would give greater weight to supplier proposals on the basis of their location within Detroit Edison's service territory and the state of Michigan. The Commission directed the utility to implement a voluntary, renewable energy program in November 2004. Comments are requested by October 14th.
News Release - MPSC Seeks Comments on Detroit Edison Renewable Energy Program
November 1997 - On October 21, Detroit Edison dedicated a 26.4-kW, solar electric facility, the second solar project developed under the utility's SolarCurrents green pricing program. The utility also expanded the program to include commercial customers. To date, six area businesses have committed to participate in a new program that will donate solar-generated electricity to Southeastern Michigan school districts. Participating school districts will also receive a 2-week solar and renewable energy curriculum.
Separately, Detroit Edison was the winning bidder of the Maryland Energy Administration's RFP for installation of solar power systems at up to ten Maryland schools. Contributions will be solicited from Maryland citizen's and businesses to help pay for the systems.
August 1997 - The Michigan Public Service Commission recently ruled that Detroit Edison can expand its solar capacity supported by customer payments through the SolarCurrents program. The utility is planning to add 30 kilowatts of photovoltaic power for its residential customers. They also plan to market a new part of the program that would enable commercial customers to sponsor new solar generation at local schools. Detroit Edison will provide a lesson plan on renewable energy to participating schools, and sponsoring customers will receive publicity for their contributions.
June 1997 - Detroit Edison's SolarCurrents Program attracted 195 customers in the program's first year in support of a 28.4-kW central PV system. The average monthly bill for SolarCurrents customers increased by $10.75, or 17.2%. The subscriber turnover rate has been only 2.6%. Proposed expansion of the program calls for another 30 kW of PV to be installed for additional subscribing residential customers (about 200 to 300 customers); 30 kW for a SolarSchools program for commercial sponsors (1.5 kW per school); and 100 kW for a single large industrial sponsor.
March 1997 - In April 1996, Detroit Edison installed a photovoltaic (PV) facility, rated 28.4 kW, to provide solar energy service to residential and small commercial customers. For an additional $6.59 per month on average, customers can participate in the utility's SolarCurrents program and purchase 100 W of service from the PV facility. As of January 1996, 248 customers had signed up to participate. This installation is partially sponsored by the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group's commercialization program (called TEAM-UP), under which eight utilities, including Detroit Edison, are installing PV systems with a combined rated capacity of 324 kW in all regions of the country.
Recently, Detroit Edison announced plans to build three additional PV systems in 1997 for customers who participate in SolarCurrents. Two systems, rated 15 kW each, will serve residential customers, and another, rated 100 kW, will serve an industrial customer.
Detroit Edison Contact: Norm Stevens (313) 235-9462