Renewable, Reliable, Responsible Electricity for Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor for Public Power is a coalition of local residents and organizations advocating for a 100% renewable, public-owned electric utility for our city. Join us in the fight for a cleaner, more affordable future for Ann Arbor!

Background on Phase II Municipalization Survey

We at Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2) have been advocating for the city to ‘municipalize,’ to unplug from DTE and form a public electric utility, since 2020. If and when we do so, it will be our choice what electricity we buy from the grid–our goal is to source 100% renewable energy.

Since July 2021, when the Ann Arbor Energy Commission first considered a resolution for a municipalization ‘feasibility study,’ A2P2 and city staff have been considering the municipalization option and its promise of a cleaner, more reliable electricity supply. In September 2023, consulting firm 5Lakes Energy delivered its report, “City of Ann Arbor 100% Renewable Energy Options Analysis.” Among its conclusions was the following: “We suggest that the City authorize a Phase 2 Feasibility Study to characterize more precisely the costs and risks of the [Municipal Electric Utility] approach.” 

In May 2024, Ann Arbor City Council approved funding for the Phase 2 Feasibility Study. The city’s Office of Sustainability and Innovation is currently drafting a Request for Proposal (RFP) in order to secure a contractor to complete this study.

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News

DTE tells investors that fossil fuels are the future

Ann Arbor for Public Power – 4/27/24

In DTE’s April 25 “earnings call” for investors, DTE Energy CEO Jerry Norcia doubled down on fossil fuels. In 2022, DTE replaced its St. Clair coal plant with fossil gas, and it plans to convert the Belle River coal plant to gas by 2028. As for the massive Monroe coal plant, which DTE has agreed to close in 2032: “what we’re pursuing there is current technology, where we can use natural gas with carbon capture and storage.” That seems to be the plan beyond 2032, too. “The growth [in power] demand that we’re looking at, like data centers [for AI], are 24 by 7 operations, that will need generation, and power, that cannot be interrupted,” Norcia said. “More 24 by 7 dispatchable generation.” Some of this may be battery storage, but Norcia made it clear that DTE is committed to fossil gas for the long term—probably through the end of the century, given the expected useful life of these new power plants—in direct opposition to both federal and state clean energy goals.

Read the rest of the article here.

Unreliable service, unaffordable rates: Ann Arbor coalition aims to municipalize electricity

Andrew Wright, People’s World

March 6, 2024 — “When you listen to what they’re telling their shareholders, you get the whole truth,” President and co-founder Greg Woodring of Ann Arbor for Public Power told People’s World. “In their shareholder meeting on Feb. 23, 2023—after the ice storm that year—DTE actually bragged to their shareholders about how they saved $100 million that year by focusing on tree trimming, and planned to continue to defer maintenance and cut back on contractors in order to increase profit margins.” Read More.

UM’s Justin Schott Supports New Feasibility Study for a Municipal Electric Utility in Ann Arbor

Remarks before Ann Arbor City Council, Feb 5, 2024  

“The City estimated that last winter’s ice storm, which kept my daughter—and maybe yours,  too–out of school for six days, cost our local government $2 million. The Fire Department  stated it “had no means of emergency communication with DTE. During both events, DTE’s  primary reporting phone number, public safety online portal, and “emergency” call number  were offline or ineffective.” The only thing reliable about DTE is its ineptitude.” Read the rest of the article here.

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