Detroit, Michigan-based utility DTE Energy Co has announced it will build more natural gas and renewable energy power plants and shut all of its coal units by 2040. DTE said its efforts to cut carbon emissions will result in a 30 percent reduction by the early 2020s, 45 percent by 2030, 75 percent by 2040 and more than 80 percent by 2050. The company plans to retire its last two Michigan coal plants, the 1,270-megawatt Belle River facility in 2030 and the 3,066-MW Monroe plant in 2040. Last year, the company announced it would retire its River Rouge, St. Clair and Trenton coal plants by 2023. In contrast, DTE plans to build an additional 6,000 MW of renewable energy capacity – enough to supply nearly 2 million homes – supplementing the 1,000 MW of renewable energy it has built since 2009.
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