Today, DTE Energy’s Gas Company announced that it entered into a partnership with Bluesource on the Greenleaf Improved Forest Management project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Accordingly, the association is part of DTE’s Natural Gas Balance.
In fact, this is a voluntary customer program to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions. For instance, through a combination of carbon offsets and renewable natural gas.
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DTE Energy and Bluesource: a partnership to protect Upper Peninsula’s forests
This Wednesday, DTE Energy’s Gas Company announced it entered into a partnership with carbon offset developer Bluesource. Accordingly, this partnership is on the Greenleaf Improved Forest Management project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Moreover, the 24,000 acres of forest included in this program span 14 counties, 13 in Michigan and one in Wisconsin. Additionally, the preservation program will filter hundreds of waterways, streams, and tributaries in the project area.
Besides, it will protect the habitats of several endangered species. In fact, the partnership is part of DTE’s Natural Gas Balance.
For instance, this is a voluntary customer program to neutralize GHGs. Mainly, through a combination of carbon offsets and renewable natural gas RNG.
“This is the first time that we’ve seen a utility make this level of commitment to an improved forestry management program,” said Benjamin Massie, Vice President of Environmental Markets for Bluesource. Thus, “DTE’s commitment to these 24,000 acres ensures that its landowner commits to reduce or eliminate harvesting on their property significantly.”
In fact, DTE began inviting customers in January to join the company’s journey to net-zero. Notably through membership in Natural Gas Balance.
Hence, DTE Gas’ 2050 net-zero plan includes suppliers, customers, and its own gas operations. For instance, this clean energy commitment could reduce annual GHGs by more than 6 million metric tons by 2050.
Indeed, that is the equivalent of offsetting natural gas emissions of 1 million homes or taking 1.3 million cars off the road annually.
“By helping to preserve Michigan’s forests through our Natural Gas Balance program, DTE customers not only support the removal of GHGs: but also protect one of Michigan’s greatest natural assets,” said Matt Paul, president, and COO of DTE Gas.