Detroit Edison

From Global Energy Monitor

Detroit Edison, founded in 1903, is an investor-owned electric company which serves most of Southeast Michigan. Its parent company, DTE Energy Co., provides energy services to a variety of clients beyond Detroit Edison's service area.

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Detroit Edison has been a corporate funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)[1]. See ALEC Corporations for more.

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Detroit Edison was part of a large holding company called North American Edison Company. North American's stock had once been one of the twelve component stocks of the May 1896 original Dow Jones Industrial Average.[2] North American Company was broken up by the Securities and Exchange Commission, following the United States Supreme Court decision of April 1, 1946.[3]

After that Detroit Edison operated independently, and publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol DTE through the mid 1990s. In early 1996, it became an operating subsidiary of the new holding company, DTE Energy Company, which replaced Detroit Edison Company on the stock exchange, and took over the trading ticker symbol.[4]

Energy transmission

Due to electric utility deregulation in Michigan, DTE Energy was forced to sell off Detroit Edison's sister subsidiary involved in high-voltage energy transmission: International Transmission Co. (ITC).[5]

Energy distribution

Detroit Edison's near 11-gigawatt generating capacity is offered to its 7600 square mile service area, which encompasses 13 counties in the southeastern portion of Michigan's lower peninsula. Energy is distributed throughout Huron County, Tuscola County, Sanilac County, St. Clair County, Lapeer County, Livingston County, Ingham County, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Lenawee County, and Monroe County, covered by over a million utility poles and 4400 square miles of power lines.[citation needed]

Coal lobbying

Detroit Edison is a member of the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), an umbrella lobbying group for all coal ash interests that includes major coal burners Duke Energy, Southern Company and American Electric Power as well as dozens of other companies. The group argues that the so-called "beneficial-use industry" would be eliminated if a "hazardous" designation was given for coal ash waste.[6]

ACAA set up a front group called Citizens for Recycling First, which argues that using toxic coal ash as fill in other products is safe, despite evidence to the contrary.[6]

Existing Coal Plants

The utility operates eleven fossil-fuel generating plants, and uses fossil fuels (mainly coal) to generate 80-85 percent of its total electrical output, with the bulk of the remainder coming from nuclear power.[7] Here is a list of DTE's coal power plants with capacity over 100 MW that Detroit Edison operates:[8][9][10]

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

Articles and Resources


  1. Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research, project of the Environmental Working Group, Information on American Legislative Exchange Council, archived organizational profile, archived by Wayback Machine December 2, 2000, accessed August 19, 2011
  2. Jeremy J. Siegel,Stocks for the Long Run, McGraw-Hill, Second Edition, 1998, ISBN 0-07-058043-X
  3. "327 US 686 North American Co v. Securities and Exchange Commission", Open Jurist, April 1, 1946.
  4. Standard & Poor's Stock Guide, April 1996
  5. "DTE Energy to Sell Transmission Business to KKR and Trimaran Capital Partners", Transmission & Distribution World, undated but approx 2002 or early 2003, accessed August 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Coal-Fired Utilities to American Public: Kiss my Ash & PolluterWatch, October 27, 2010.
  7. "About DTE-Environmental Policies", DTE Website, August 2009.
  8. Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  9. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  10. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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