DTE Gas, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, is providing pipeline-quality natural gas, which was converted from landfill gas, to its residential customers as part of its commitment to renewable energy. The gas is avaiable to DTE customers through the BioGreenGas program; there are already 2,000 customers signed up for the service and dozens more are on a waiting list.
DTE spent about $2 million to build a pipeline and a meter station at the Sauk Trail Hills landfill. It has partnered with Clean Energy Renewable Fuels (CERF), which develops U.S. production facilities that generate and sell renewable natural gas. CERF created a state-of-the-art plant to purify the biogas at the landfill and invested approximately $20 million in the project.
The Sauk Trail Hills project offers a more environmentally friendly way to provide residents of the Detroit metro area with energy. DTE Gas is the first utility in Michigan and one of the first in the country to develop such a program for residential customers.
"Our biomethane project at the Sauk Trail Hills landfill is an excellent example of the practical solutions we can implement now to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with our energy use," said Harrison Clay, president of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels.
Combining CERF's technology with DTE Gas', renewable energy can be delivered to natural gas customers in Michigan and across the country.