Anthony F. Earley Jr.

From Global Energy Monitor

Anthony F. Earley Jr. is chief executive officer of DTE Energy. He has been CEO since 1998 and was also the company's president and chief operating officer from 1994 to 2004.[1]

Prior to joining DTE, Earley served as president and chief operating officer of the Long Island Lighting Co. (LILCO). He joined LILCO in 1985 from the law firm of Hunton & Williams, where he was a partner on the firm's energy and environmental team.[2]

Earley is also a Vice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute and a former Chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute.[2]

Earley earned a bachelor of science in physics, a master of science degree in engineering, and a law degree, all from the University of Notre Dame. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine program.[2]


Earley has the following affiliations:[2]

  • Member of the board of directors of Comerica Inc.
  • Member of the board of directors of MASCO Corporation
  • Member of the board of directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Member of the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute
  • Member of the board of directors of the Detroit Renaissance
  • Member of the board of directors of the Detroit Zoological Society
  • Member of the board of directors of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Member of the board of directors of Cornerstone Schools. He is
  • Member of the Department of Energy’s Electricity advisory board
  • Member of the advisory board for the College of Engineering for the University of Notre Dame
  • On the the listed member advisory board for the New York Stock Exchange


In May 2007, Forbes listed Earley as receiving $4.84 million in total compensation for the latest fiscal year, with a four-year total compensation of $18.31 million. He ranked 19th on the list of CEOs in the Utilities industry, and 290th among all CEOs in the United States.[3]

DTE power portfolio

Out of its total 13,041 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (1.22% of the U.S. total), DTE Energy produces 61.3% from coal, 16.4% from natural gas, 11.7% from oil, 9.3% from nuclear, and 0.2% from biomass. DTE owns power plants in Alabama, California, Illinois, and Michigan; 95.5% of the company's generating capacity comes from power plants in Michigan.[4]

Existing coal-fired power plants

DTE Energy had 22 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 7,998 MW of capacity. Here is a list of DTE's coal power plants with capacity over 100 MW:[4][5][6]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Monroe MI Monroe 1971, 1973, 1974 3280 MW 15,900,000 tons 103,570 tons
St. Clair MI St. Clair 1953, 1954, 1961, 1969 1547 MW 7,769,000 tons 42,374 tons
Belle River MI St. Clair 1984, 1985 1395 MW 9,885,000 tons 24,128 tons
Trenton Channel MI Wayne 1949, 1950, 1968 776 MW 4,759,000 tons 29,066 tons
River Rouge MI Wayne 1957, 1958 651 MW 3,433,000 tons 13,307 tons
Marysville MI St. Clair 1943, 1947 150 MW 1,306,000 tons 504 tons
Harbor Beach MI Huron 1968 121 MW 256,000 tons 945 tons

In 2006, DTE's 7 major coal-fired power plants emitted 43.3 million tons of CO2 (0.7% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and 214,000 tons of SO2 (1.4% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).

Citizen activism

NAACP Clearing the Air Road Tour

Yvonne White of NAACP speaks about River Rouge Power Plant.

In April 2010, Jacqui Patterson of the NAACP Climate Justice interviewed community members in River Rouge, Michigan. Jacqui wrote the following account of the impacts of the River Rouge Power Plant:[7]

The River Rouge Power Plant located in the River Rouge Community of Southwest Detroit, Michigan, is surrounded by low income communities, primarily comprised of people of color, specifically African American and Latino. The plant is a mere two blocks from the start of one neighborhood and there is a park where people bring their families barbecue, and catch fish, a mere 500 feet from the smokestacks. Ms. Yvonne White, President of the Michigan State Conference of NAACP speaks about the power plant and the surrounding area.



  1. DTE Energy Board of Directors, DTE Energy, accessed December 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Anthony F. Earley, Jr., DTE Energy, August 2008 2008.
  3. CEO Compensation: #290 Anthony F Earley Jr,, May 3, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  5. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  6. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
  7. Jacqui Patterson, "Day III Clearing the Air Road Tour — River Rouge, MI — River Rouge Power Plant," NAACP Climate Justice Initiative, April 21, 2010.

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