Henry Ford takes major step towards sustainability with DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program
DETROIT (December 14, 2021) – Henry Ford Health System today announced a new partnership with DTE Energy that will significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, help fight pollution and climate change, and help reverse inequalities environmental issues in Detroit.
Through DTE’s voluntary renewable energy program, MIGreenPower, Henry Ford will begin purchasing wind and solar power. The goal is that by 2023, 10% (approximately 19,100 megawatt hours) of Henry Ford’s total electricity purchased from DTE comes from renewables produced in Michigan, gradually increasing to 100% of here 2029.
“Sustainability is integral to building strong, healthy communities,” said Bob Riney, president of health operations and chief operating officer of Henry Ford Health System. “At Henry Ford, health equity is the foundation of everything we do. It is unfortunate that low income communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected by poor environmental conditions, which are exacerbated by climate change. By investing in clean and renewable products. sustainable energy and infrastructure, we aim to address health disparities and the growing impacts of climate change across the region, especially in our historically marginalized communities. ”
Henry Ford’s clean energy commitment with DTE will begin as soon as the energy company’s infrastructure goes live, likely in late 2023. The initial purchase will reduce greenhouse gas emissions organizing about 13,536 metric tonnes, the equivalent of taking 2,944 passenger vehicles off the road. every year.*
The system has worked with DTE and other partners to implement other energy conservation measures, such as lighting replacement and HVAC system upgrades, which significantly reduce emissions from greenhouse gas. Henry Ford is also working with other utility providers to identify other energy saving opportunities, including renewable energy options.
“We are delighted to welcome Henry Ford Health System to our MIGreenPower program, one of the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the United States,” said Trevor Lauer, president of DTE’s power company. “Like DTE, Henry Ford has served our community for over 100 years and we thank them for taking this extra step towards creating a cleaner environment. As the state’s premier renewable energy producer, we’re committed to a clean energy future for Michigan, one that benefits all Michigan residents. By investing in clean, renewable energy, we are able to help reduce the impacts of climate change in our community.
MIGreenPower is a voluntary renewable energy program that allows DTE customers to allocate their energy consumption to the company’s wind and solar projects. Henry Ford joins a community of other businesses and more than 44,000 residential customers using MIGreenPower to reduce their carbon footprint.
Henry Ford has been a flagship institution in the city of Detroit for over 105 years. Over the years, the organization has grown considerably, spanning Southeast and Central Michigan and beyond. Along with this growth comes a dedication to improving the community’s environment and a growing role in public health.
“We do this because we are deeply committed to the health of our communities and dedicated to sustainable solutions that improve health and well-being,” said Chip Amoe, director of systems sustainability at Henry Ford. “All of our sustainability initiatives are designed to have a direct impact on improving the health of the employees, patients and the communities we serve.
About the Henry Ford Health System: Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a nonprofit, academic, and integrated health system comprising five acute care hospitals, three behavioral health facilities, one health plan, and over 250 sites care facilities, including medical centers, walk-in and emergency clinics, pharmacies, eye care facilities and other health care facilities. The healthcare system has more than 33,000 employees and is home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the oldest physician groups in the country. Over 2,500 physicians are also affiliated with the health care system through the Henry Ford Physician Network and the Jackson Health Network. Henry Ford Health System is also one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, receiving nearly $ 100 million in annual research funding, among Michigan’s largest NIH-funded institutions. Additionally, an active participant in medical education and training, the healthcare system has trained nearly 40% of the physicians currently practicing in Michigan and provides education and training to other healthcare professionals including nurses, pharmacists, radiologists and respiratory technicians.
About DTE Energy: DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a diverse, Detroit-based energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electricity company serving 2.3 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. DTE’s portfolio also includes non-utility businesses focused on industrial energy services, renewable natural gas, and energy marketing and trading. As an environmental leader, DTE’s utility operations will reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions by more than 80% by 2040 to produce cleaner energy while keeping it safe, reliable and affordable. DTE Electric and Gas aspires to achieve net zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. DTE is committed to serving its energy through volunteering, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy and economic progress. Information on the DTE is available at dteenergy.com, empoweringmichigan.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.