Detroit, MI, Jan. 26, 2007 — DTE Energy has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to purchase Michigan-based renewable energy for the company’s proposed GreenCurrents renewable energy program.
The GreenCurrents program, which was filed late last year with the Michigan Public Service Commission, will give DTE Energy’s customers the option of choosing renewable energy for all or part of their electricity needs.
A key element of the GreenCurrents program is to encourage the development and operation of new renewable energy projects in Michigan, according to Trevor F. Lauer, vice president of marketing for DTE Energy.
“The RFP we issued requires that providers be located in Michigan, and that their renewable energy facilities be newly constructed,” Lauer said. “We want the resources for the GreenCurrents program to be homegrown — and we’re interested in signing long-term agreements with developers who share that vision.”
Under DTE Energy’s GreenCurrents proposal, Detroit Edison customers will be able to purchase 100 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy — which represents about 15 to 20 percent of a typical home’s monthly electric usage — for an additional $2.50 a month. Customers could also choose to have 100 percent of their electricity provided by renewable resources for an additional cost of two cents per kilowatt-hour — or about $10 to $15 per month for a typical household.
DTE Energy hopes to begin offering the GreenCurrents program to customers in spring 2007, pending approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
Responses to the RFP are due to DTE Energy by March 16, 2007. A pre-bid conference, including a question and answer session, will be held at DTE Energy’s downtown Detroit headquarters complex on Feb. 16.
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