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DTE Energy says it will accelerate plan to cut coal use

March 28, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it will reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

The southeastern Michigan utility says it will be relying more on wind, solar power and natural gas to create electricity while closing some coal-burning plants sooner than planned. DTE says it wants to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2040, a decade earlier than announced two years ago.

The utility this week is filing its latest plan with state regulators. Chief executive Gerry Anderson says DTE is “in the midst of a fundamental energy transformation.”

DTE says it will close three coal-fired plants in 2022: St. Clair, Trenton Channel and River Rouge. By 2024, the utility says less than 50 percent of its electricity will be produced by coal.

DTE and Consumers Energy say they will stop using coal by 2040.

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