- The MIGreenPower program offers eligible electric customers several ways to support clean energy voluntarily
- The shift makes Dearborn the largest municipality in Michigan to participate in the voluntary renewable energy program
By implementing DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program, Dearborn has planned to switch all of its city buildings to 100% renewable energy sources by 2026.
This step will be helpful for the environment and also taxpayer dollars. The shift makes Dearborn the largest municipality in Michigan to participate in the voluntary renewable energy program.
“It’s the right thing for the environment, and it makes financial sense,” Dearborn City Councilmember Mustapha Hammoud said.
The MIGreenPower program offers eligible electric customers several ways to support clean energy voluntarily. Customers can choose to use any percentage of clean energy, but the city of Dearborn decided to commit fully.
“Customers can help the environment by adopting renewables without having to do anything at home or their businesses,” DTE Energy Director of Renewable Solutions Knox Cameron said. “By 2026, the city of Dearborn can proudly claim that they will be 100% renewable… without adjusting anything to their operations, their buildings.”
Hammoud says he signed his personal home up for the program to use more clean energy, and proposed to city council for all city buildings to follow suit. City council passed the change and Hammoud says Dearborn taxpayers will see the positive financial effects.
“Our city budget has been constrained, and so we’re trying to find savings anywhere we can rather than raising taxes,” he said.
He expects the 20-year commitment with DTE Energy will save taxpayers approximately $200,000 per year. That money can then be used for other top priorities for the city, including the Warren Avenue project.
“We’re going to need engineers for that and we need to be competitive because our salaries for that are just not it,” Hammoud said.
Dearborn business owners on Warren Avenue say they welcome the dedication to expanding and improving Warren Avenue and applaud the city for trying to save taxpayer dollars.
“I’m a fan of clean energy, especially if it’s good for the environment,” Cell Phones and Repairs owner Hadi Hachem said. “It is a cool thing. I mean, our city here is always making history.”