The University of Michigan will purchase renewable energy annually from DTE Energy, a Detroit-based firm, starting in 2021. University officials say DTE will provide about half of the purchased electricity on the Ann Arbor campus. This will offer a significant step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the University.
The University will purchase approximately 200,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually from the company. University officials say this move will contribute to the University’s 2025 greenhouse gas reduction goal of reducing GHG emissions 25 percent below 2006 levels.
Climate change activists have raised concerns regarding the placement of DTE’s vice president of corporate strategy Camilo Serna on University President Mark Schlissel’s commission to develop recommendations for achieving sustainability.
The purchase follows the Global Climate Strike and a number of sit-ins by climate activists at the Fleming Administration Building, which houses a number of administration offices. Activists aim to get Schlissel to agree to a public, unfiltered and student-moderated town hall.