(Artists rendering of the DTE Energy's Blue Water Energy Center)
DTE's Blue Water Energy Center, a 1,100 megawatt power plant now under construction in St. Clair County will provide affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes after its projected completion in 2022.
"The new, cleaner natural gas power plant will create hundreds of jobs and provide additional revenue that we can put toward improving our roads, schools and other essential services," said St. Clair County Commissioner Jeff Bohm.
"This $1 billion investment is a significant boost to our community and helps assure continued job growth while ensuring we can meet our state's energy needs."
In a statement for DTE Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson, the importance of reliable and affordable natural gas to complement renewables in a diversified energy portfolio.
"Just over a year ago, DTE first announced a broad sustainability initiative to reduce carbon emissions by more than 80 percent and do it in a way that maintains affordability and reliability for our customers," said Gerry Anderson, chairman and CEO, DTE Energy. "In fact, we're already doing it. Since 2009 we have driven investments of more than $2.5 billion in renewable energy with more investments coming. But as we continue to retire coal-fired power plants – all of them by 2040 – we need to complement wind farms and solar arrays with high reliability assets. As we Michiganders know well, the wind doesn't always blow, and the sun doesn't always shine in our beautiful state. And that's why we need natural gas-fueled plants like the Blue Water Energy Center. When it begins operations in 2022, it will represent our single largest step in reducing carbon emissions to date."
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