DTE adds minority-owned SEEL to GreenPower renewable energy program

DTE adds minority-owned SEEL to GreenPower renewable energy program

February 19, 2020 | By Jay Greene | Crain’s Detroit

Owner Louis James speaks Wednesday morning at SEEL in Detroit about joining DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program.
  • SEEL is the first minority-owned corporation to join DTE’s MIGreenPower
  • SEEL’s Detroit headquarters will be 100% powered with renewable energy
  • General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., University of Michigan, Detroit Zoo also participate in MIGreenPower

 

Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics LLC, a disabled veteran-owned energy management company based in Detroit, has become the first minority-owned firm to join DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program.

Through MIGreenPower, DTE’s renewable energy program, SEEL will provide 100 percent clean energy to its headquarters located at 7140 W Fort St. SEEL’s CEO Louis James also has encouraged its 60 workers to also enroll in the program.

DTE’s MIGreenPower is open to all DTE Electric customers who want to access more renewable energy and deliver on their sustainability goals by paying a surcharge on their monthly bills. By 2024, DTE said it plans to invest $2 billion to build or acquire additional renewable energy projects that will expand MIGreenPower to meet increasing customer demand.

“We’re excited to join DTE’s MIGreenPower. SEEL has been in the energy efficiency space since the beginning of the company. Our progression to renewable is a natural one,” James said in a statement. “By participating in MIGreenPower, we’re increasing our commitment to reduce carbon emissions, which is our mission. Our vision as a company is to reach carbon neutrality and this gets us closer to that goal.”

Other companies that have joined MIGreenPower are General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., the University of Michigan and the Detroit Zoo. So far, participating DTE customers have offset the equivalent of 40,301 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas benefit equivalent of 666,390 tree seedlings planted and allowed to grow for 10 years, the company said.

DTE has a net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050. Over the next decade, DTE promises to triple its renewable energy generation capacity. However, a state administrative judge in January recommended the Michigan Public Service Commission reject DTE’s five-year energy plan, primarily over insufficient renewable energy and energy efficiency plans. A commission decision is expected this month.

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