American zoo moving towards 100% renewable energy

The Detroit zoo has decided to switch to renewable energy.  As a child, I lived 2 kilometres from the zoo and would go as often as possible. Even as a 10 year old, I would walk on my own. In those days, kids could do that. So, the Detroit Zoo always meant something to me.  Michelle Froese writes on the WindPower Engineering website about latest developments.

Detroit Zoo sets 100% renewable energy goal

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) took a major step forward on its “Green Journey.” recently announcing that the Detroit Zoo will be powered by 100% Michigan-made renewable energy through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program. The move will offset 7,425 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 8,740 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

The Detroit Zoological Society is working on a healthier environment for its animals, visitors, and the planet by practicing sustainability and reducing its environmental impact.

The plan is part of the DZS “Greenprint” strategy to continuously decrease the environmental impact of its operations. DTE will source the renewable energy from three new wind farms, which will come online in late 2020.

MIGreenPower is a voluntary renewable energy program that helps DTE electric customers reduce their carbon footprint and support the development of additional wind and solar energy projects in Michigan. Enrolled customers can customize their participation and attribute up to 100% of their energy use to local wind farms and solar parks.

“Our commitment to sustainability is integrated into everything we do, from our environmentally responsible operations to our community-wide education programs,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO. “Joining MIGreenPower is a major step forward for us, as our power needs significantly exceed what we can produce on-site. This program helps reduce our carbon footprint while also supporting local, Michigan-made renewable energy.”

MIGreenPower offers DTE customers some important advantages over individual clean energy options. It eliminates the hassle of owning and maintaining additional exterior equipment, and it is less expensive than installing a private rooftop solar system. DTE’s MIGreenPower program is on track to be one of the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the country.

“We are excited to welcome the Detroit Zoological Society to MIGreenPower as we all work together to protect our planet for our children and future generations,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO, DTE Energy. “The Zoo joins other well-known Michigan institutions including Ford, General Motors, and the University of Michigan,  and more than 8,300 individual residential and business customers who are using MIGreenPower to make a positive impact on the environment. This program provides an efficient way to power the Zoo with 100% renewable energy.”

DTE first launched MIGreenPower in April 2017 and introduced an expanded version of the program for large corporate and industrial customers in January. It is part of the company’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions 80% by 2040. DTE is developing additional MIGreenPower programs to meet diverse customer needs.

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