The latest ruling helps advance Ann Arbor’s carbon neutral plan

ANN ARBOR, MI – A recent ruling enables the city of Ann Arbor to advance several priorities in its carbon neutral plan.

On Wednesday, June 9th, the Michigan Public Service Commission formally passed a ruling on DTE Energy’s Voluntary Green Pricing program, which the City of Ann Arbor has legally encroached upon to provide fairer, more accessible, affordable and diverse renewables, according to a press release Pushing energy offers.

The MPSC action comes after the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously approved an agreement with DTE on its VPG program on April 19th.

Ann Arbor reaches agreement with DTE on climate neutrality programs

In 2020, Ann Arbor intervened in MPSC cases related to DTE’s pricing program and its renewable energy construction plans for the next five years because the city believed prices were too high. The city also noted that DTE’s forecasts for future renewable energy buildings are too low, too limited offerings through the program and a lack of strategic programmatic opportunities that customers are interested in, the city resolution said.

The ruling will help Ann Arbor advance the priorities of her A2Zero plan for carbon neutrality, such as community solar panels, carbon reduction offers and reduced costs for residents in DTE’s coverage area to participate in the MIGreenPower program, officials said .

MIGreenPower is a DTE energy program with which customers can obtain 100% of their energy from wind and sun for a few cents more per month and kilowatt hour.

“I am pleased with the MPSC ruling and the settlement agreement reached with DTE, particularly with regard to municipal solar and CO2 reduction offers that could not have been achieved outside of this agreement,” said Missy Stults, Head of the Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations said.

The areas in which the city intervened and reached an agreement are:

  • Approved changes to the MIGreenPower program that reduce the cost of the program and simplify registration options.
  • Agreement to conduct final feasibility studies to develop a 24 megawatt solar project on the city’s capped landfill. If this is deemed feasible, the city and DTE will complete the project by 2023.
  • A commitment to work with the city to explore ways to develop 440 MW of new solar capacity over the next few years.
  • A commitment to collaborate with the goal of developing new products that reduce CO2 for inclusion in the 2022 voluntary Green Power program submission.

“These programs have the potential to help the city advance our A2ZERO goals around a just transition to community-wide carbon neutrality,” said Stults.

Ann Arbor plans to achieve carbon neutrality with its A2Zero plan by 2030, officials said.

Learn more about A2Zero here.

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