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DTE Announces Retired Coal Plant Will be Converted to Battery Storage Facility

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MICHIGAN, June 11, 2024 ~ A new massive battery storage facility is coming to the site of the retired Trenton Channel Power Plant in Trenton, Michigan.

DTE Energy has big plans for the former facility, starting with a name change to the Trenton Channel Energy Center, which it says will be able to store 220 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 40,000 homes. The completion date is set for 2026, with DTE officials saying it will be the biggest standalone battery storage project in the Great Lakes region.


June 11, 2024 ~ On Monday, DTE announced plans for their new battery storage facility that will replace a former coal-burning power plant. WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne joins Tom Jordan to lay out the company’s plans.

(CONTINUED) The project price tag is around $500 million and is part of the de-carbonization efforts mandated by Michigan’s clean energy plan requiring utilities to provide 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. Battery storage allows utilities to stash renewable energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels on windy, sunny days.