DTE planning to speed closure of two Michigan coal plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WXYZ:DTE Energy is preparing to move up the closure of multiple power plants in southeast Michigan, including [coal] plants in Trenton and East China Township. The move would speed up job transfers, and impact local communities — Trenton, for instance, is working to determine how they can avoid layoffs to city workers.DTE is due to file a plan with the Michigan Public Service commission later this week that will describe timelines of the closures, but people familiar with the plan tell 7 Action News that they plan to move up several power plant closures as more renewable energy sources come online — late this afternoon DTE confirmed that they have plans to speed up the closure of both plants, contingent on a natural gas-powered plant set to come online that same year.“It’s no big secret,” said Jeff Bohm, a county commissioner in St. Clair County. “We know coal plants are going away.”East China Township is also the home of DTE’s newest natural-gas power plant which is expected to come online in March 2022. That plant will offset losses in St. Clair County because employees will have the option to transfer jobs, but also the new plant will make up for the lost tax revenue to the county. Bohm estimated that DTE has a taxable revenue of nearly $828 million in their county alone.In communities like Trenton, DTE leaving early could be a much harder hit on the local community. The original plan was to take the Trenton Channel power plant offline in 2023, the goal is now to move the date up to 2022. While the community has already been working towards a plan to offset revenue loss, Mayor Kyle Stack admitted that the numbers are still a work in progress.The moves aren’t entirely surprising to those paying close attention to the industry, and they’re likely to be cheered by environmentalists hoping to see coal power plants shutdown. DTE has championed a plan that states they’ll be cutting their carbon footprint by 80 percent by 2050 — the baseline was their total carbon footprint in 2005. In the more immediate future DTE plans to reduce their carbon by 20 percent by 2020.More: DTE Energy preparing to close multiple Michigan power plants ahead of schedule DTE planning to speed closure of two Michigan coal plantslast_img

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