General Motors, with a goal to be completely fossil fuel free by 2050, has announced a major partnership with DTE Energy in Michigan. The automaker will purchase 300,000-megawatt hours worth of energy from the Michigan utility. The figure is enough power to provide electricity to 30,000 homes.
The Tuesday announcement said the wind power agreement comes from an agreement with DTE’s MIGreenPower program, which allows DTE customers to source up to 100 percent of their energy usage from renewable sources. The wind energy will provide GM with enough power to run the Warren Technical Center and its Renaissance Center headquarters completely on renewable sources.
“Our partnership with DTE Energy will help us get closer to achieving our goal of powering all our operations in Michigan with 100 percent clean energy,” Rob Threlkeld, global manager of Sustainable Energy and Supply Reliability for General Motors. “It helps demonstrate that local and regional industry partnerships are paramount to GM’s clean energy future, where renewable sources will account for 100 percent of our global energy footprint by 2050.”
GM will receive the wind energy as soon as the latest projects come online, according to the announcement, as DTE expands its renewable energy commitment to $2 billion worth of investment. The funds will see more wind and solar plants come online by 2024.
Today, GM sources 20 percent of its global energy needs from renewable sources, a major milestone towards ridding itself of fossil fuels entirely. GM said it doesn’t just want to put zero-emission cars on the road in the years to come, but manufacture, engineer, and design them responsibly.