Detroit electricity company wins recognition for green power program

Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 11:11 AM
posted by rene5432

The U.S. Department of Energy praised the work of Michigan-based utility and electricity provider DTE Energy in providing customers with the opportunity to invest in renewable electricity.

As concern grows about the environmental and economic impacts of reliance on traditional power sources, many Americans have become interested in spending to promote renewable electricity, but not everyone can afford to invest directly.

DTE Energy's GreenCurrents program offers the opportunity to pay only slightly more on their electricity bills to get a certain amount of their electricity from clean energy sources. The program provides tremendous flexibility for both homeowners and businesses, letting them purchase blocks of renewable electricity representing a portion of the energy they use over the course of a month.

Of DTE Energy's 2.1 million electric customers, already more than 22,000 customers have signed up for the program. Having been around since 2007, this makes it the fastest growing clean energy program nationwide, earning it the Department of Energy's "Utility Green Power Program of the Year" award.

"DTE Energy is honored to receive this recognition for our efforts to grow the GreenCurrents renewable energy program," DTE Energy vice president Trevor Lauer said in a statement. "But this award really recognizes our customers because of their voluntary participation in the program. If not for them this award would not have been possible."

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