Today, Toyota has announced its enrollment in MIGreenPower, a voluntary renewable energy program from DTE Energy. As one of the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the U.S., it allows DTE Electric’s residential and business customers to attribute a larger percentage of their electricity use to wind and solar projects, beyond the 15% DTE already provides. Toyota’s participation means all of TMNA’s Research and Development operations in Michigan will eventually attribute all of their electricity use to renewable energy projects starting in 2026. The company’s clean energy commitment covers a 20-year period and will have the environmental benefit of avoiding 29,000 metric tons of CO2.
To date, DTE has over 85,000 residential customers enrolled in the MiGreenPower program, joined by more than 800 businesses. Each year, those customers have enrolled four-million megawatt hours of clean energy, which is the same as avoiding over three-million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. All those enrolled in the program are contributing to the development of new wind and solar projects in Michigan. In fact, DTE will add over 2,000 MW of new clean energy projects by 2026 in order to meet program demand. Over the next two decades, DTE will add more than 15,000 megawatts of new renewable energy projects.
“Renewable energy programs like DTE’s MIGreenPower program are crucial to helping companies seeking a reduced carbon footprint to achieve their goals,” said Kevin Butt, director of Environmental Sustainability for TMNA. “From our R&D facilities in Michigan to our production and corporate facilities across the nation, Toyota aims to achieve carbon neutrality throughout our operations by 2035.”