US utility DTE Energy is seeking proposals for renewable energy projects in the state of Michigan to add 1GW of capacity.

The projects will be part of the company’s CleanVision IRP and will support the state’s aim of 60% of energy from renewable resources by 2030.

The initiative is a critical step towards DTE’s broader carbon reduction goals.

The projects are expected to be operational by March 2027 and must be located within Michigan, with connections to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator or distribution-level transmission.

The deadline for bid submissions is 14 May 2024, with plans to finalise contracts by the autumn.

DTE Energy renewable sales and project development vice-president Joseph Musallam stated: “DTE is committed to transforming the way we generate energy while maintaining reliability and affordability for our customers. As a result, we continue to be the state’s leading producer of and investor in utility-scale renewable energy projects.

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“Our existing wind and solar parks are reducing Michigan’s carbon footprint while providing jobs, tax revenue and additional benefits to local communities across the state, and future developments will continue to grow our clean energy economy.”

Announced in 2022, the CleanVision IRP is a 20-year strategy to transition to more sustainable energy sources. This includes expediting solar and wind investments and facilitating the retirement of coal plants.

In July 2023, DTE Energy entered agreements with Michigan stakeholders including Attorney General Dana Nessel, the Michigan Public Service Commission and local labour organisations to collaborate on the future resource plan.

The company’s renewable energy portfolio comprises 20 wind and 33 solar parks, generating sufficient clean energy for 750,000 homes.

DTE Energy has set a goal of 1GW of additional new wind and solar capacity annually from 2026.

It also plans to shut down its coal plants and invest $11bn in renewables in the decade to 2033.

By 2042, it aims to have a renewable energy generation capacity exceeding 15GW, enough to supply power to four million homes.