Detroit Edison seeks renewable energy proposals

Detroit, November 19, 2010 — Detroit Edison has issued a request for proposal that will continue to add Michigan-based renewable power to the company’s energy portfolio.

The utility is seeking about 245 MW of renewable energy from wind, solar, hydro, biomass or landfill gas facilities that would be operating by the end of 2014. Of that amount, about 120 MW would be operating by the end of 2012.

The notice of intent to bid this RFP is due by Jan. 21, 2011.

This RFP is part of Detroit Edison‘s broader efforts to expand the company’s renewable energy resources. To meet the state’s renewable energy goals, Detroit Edison expects to add about 1,200 MW of renewable power.

Detroit Edison plans to provide 10 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2015. The company plans to own facilities to supply up to half of that power and contract with third-party producers for the rest.  

Detroit Edison expects the majority of its renewable energy to come from wind resources. The company has acquired easements on more than 75,000 acres of land in Michigan‘s Thumb region for development of utility-scale wind farms. The company also has two solar energy pilot programs that could produce about 20 MW of power.

Detroit Edison announced in September that its largest contract to purchase renewable energy was approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, setting in motion a 20-year agreement with Invenergy Wind that will result in 200 MW of new wind energy in Michigan.

The agreement — which represents a $1.1 billion commitment to renewable energy by Detroit Edison — paves the way for Invenergy Wind to install and operate a 30,000-acre wind farm near Breckenridge in Gratiot County, Mich.

The Invenergy contract boosted Detroit Edison’s renewable energy capacity to nearly 4 percent of total generation.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading.

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