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Dear Mayor,

As a Michigan business leader, I’m writing in support of clean energy and climate action in Michigan. 

Michigan’s greenhouse gas emissions have gone down by 12 percent since 2012 and the state’s clean energy economy grew 5.3 percent  to more than 92,000 jobs. We must keep the momentum going.

Michigan is going through a significant energy transformation and we want this transformation to be driven predominantly by energy efficiency and renewable energy. That’s why I ask you to to tell the Michigan Public Service Commission to oppose DTE Energy’s efforts to compromise our clean energy future by building a new 1,100-megawatt gas plant in St. Clair County.
Simply put, this plant is not needed. By instead ramping up energy efficiency and renewable energy, we can defer the need for a new power plant by at least 10 years, studies show. Along the way, Michigan could create thousands of new jobs and save consumers billions of dollars. Some details:
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy are job creators.  In 2016, energy efficiency employed more than 50,000 people, like hardware and software implementers, high efficiency heating and cooling systems installers, lighting efficiency technicians and others. In the same year, the renewable energy sector grew by more than 14 percent.  In addition to energy efficiency jobs, there currently more than  10,000 solar and wind jobs in the state.
  • Investing in energy efficiency and renewables is a cost saver for the state. In fact, DTE's own modeling software shows multiple scenarios the utility failed to explore where increasing energy efficiency, renewables, and demand response could save customers up to $2.5 billion compared to the proposed gas plant.
The Public Service Commission will approve or deny the construction of the plant based upon its review of the utility’s application, testimony filed by interested parties, and comments in in hearings and written briefs.
As my mayor, it’s important for you to stand up for our local environment and our local economy, and ask the PSC to not approve DTE’s proposal.

Thank you so much for your time. 


Brad Hinkley
Operations manager, Westside Solutions
J.D. Lindeberg
Principal - Vice President, Resource Recycling Systems Inc.

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