DTE Energy is partnering with Comerica Park to power the stadium with renewable energy through its MIGreenPower program on Wednesday, Aug. 14, including the evening home game between the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners. The ballpark's "Green Night" will offset 30.6 metric tons of carbon emissions, the environmental equivalent of eliminating emissions produced by an average vehicle driving 75,000 miles. Green Night is part of a broader Tigers initiative to promote sustainability at the ballpark.
The first 10,000 fans entering Comerica Park on August 14 will receive a MIGreenPower reusable cooler lunch bag. Fans who are DTE electric customers also will have an opportunity to sign up for MIGreenPower by visiting DTE information booths located at Gates A and B on the concourse.
"Many of our customers, including the Detroit Tigers, are looking for innovative ways to meet their sustainability goals. DTE's MIGreenPower program enables customers to access more renewable energy, helping them reduce their carbon footprint and their impact on the environment," said Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy. "We are excited to help the Tigers celebrate Green Night and introduce MIGreenPower to fans visiting Comerica Park. Programs like MIGreenPower are part of DTE's journey to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2040."
More than 8,000 of DTE's residential and small business customers have enrolled in MIGreenPower, which supports the development of universal (utility scale) wind and solar projects and doesn't require customers to make any exterior alterations to their homes or office buildings. Additionally, there is no long-term commitment or cancellation fees, and no contract to sign up. The program matches a percentage of customers' energy use to local wind- and solar-generated power. Interested customers can easily enroll in the program by visiting migreenpower.com or calling 1-855-613-4445.
Earlier this year, Ford, General Motors and the University of Michigan signed up for the large customer MIGreenPower program and will purchase a total of 1 million MWh of renewable energy annually, enough to power the equivalent of 84,000 homes. Voluntary renewable programs are a key part of the company's initiative to transition to cleaner energy sources. DTE has aggressive plans to grow its renewable energy portfolio and will be introducing new MIGreenPower programs, designed to meet a range of customer interests.
As Michigan's leading renewable energy producer, DTE currently generates enough clean energy to power more than 500,000 homes and will more than double the renewable energy in its portfolio over the next five years.