Sourcing Renewables - October 2, 2020
Ann Arbor SPARK to source 100% RE through utility program
Ann Arbor SPARK announced Sept. 22 that they will soon be sourcing 100% renewable energy by participating in DTE’s MIGreenPower renewable energy program.
The regional economic growth non-profit organization expects to offset 334,000 pounds of carbon annually by participating in the Detroit-based energy company’s voluntary renewable energy program. Through the MIGreenPower program, Ann Arbor SPARK is able to choose the percentage of energy they receive from renewables beyond the 13% that is already normally provided to DTE customers from wind or solar sources.
“Enrolling in MIGreenPower was an easy decision for our organization,” Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, said in a statement. “The program provides us with the ability to make an immediate impact on the environment and contribute to the clean energy economy. Increasingly, easy access to renewable energy is a major draw for companies to open or relocate to a community. Programs like MIGreenPower helps us attract and retain businesses that help drive continued economic growth and technological innovation.”
Other participants in the MIGreenPower program include Michigan organizations such as General Motors, Ford, the University of Michigan and the Detroit Zoo, for which DTE is in the process of bringing three new wind parks and three new solar parks online.
DTE plans to double their renewable energy generation capacity by 2024 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.