Clean Energy and Environmental Justice Groups Critique DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan

A coalition of clean energy and environmental justice organizations have released a report card highlighting areas for improvement in DTE Energy’s 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The IRP, filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) in November 2022, outlines DTE’s proposed strategy for providing electricity to its 2.3 million customers over the next two decades.

The report card criticizes DTE’s failure to ensure affordable energy bills for ratepayers and equitable access to clean energy. They have been accused of undervaluing customer-owned solar and energy efficiency, which can alleviate energy burdens and expedite the transition away from polluting fossil fuels.

DTE received a B- for its plans to retire coal plants, including the closure of two units of the Monroe coal-fired power plant by 2028, the report card highlights the utility’s continued investments in fossil gas. Such investments pose risks to public health and customers’ financial well-being, resulting in an F grade for DTE’s avoidance of additional fracked gas infrastructure.

Reporting for WGRT – Choze Powell