DTE Energy Plans to Build 1,000 MW of Gas Plants

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By Editors of Power Engineering

DTE Energy announced today it will build enough gas turbine plants to provide 1,000 MW of energy, enough to power 850,000 homes, with an expected completion date between 2021 and 2023.

The construction plans will help replace power currently generated by the three coal plants it plans to shut down by 2023.

"DTE Energy is committed to providing Michigan and our customers with reliable, cleaner sources of energy," said DTE Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson.  "These new energy generation investments will significantly reduce greenhouses gases by moving to cleaner technologies.

Construction on the plants is expected to cost between $1 billion and $1.5 billion. One of the future gas plants could be constructed on existing DTE property near the Bell River power plant in China Township, Michigan.

The River Rouge facility, the St. Clair facility in East China Township, and the Trenton facility are all scheduled to close between 2020 and 2023. The three plants generated 25 percent of the electricity produced in 2015. By 2023, the company will have retired 11 of its 17 coal-fired units after it shut down three generating units earlier this year.

DTE estimates 10 percent of its total generation now comes from renewable energy. 

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