DTE Energy announced plans to build new electric generation capacity natural-gas powered plants worth between $1 billion and $1.5 billion in 2023.  The plant(s) will generate 1,000 megawatts of power, enough to serve 850,000 homes.

In June, the company announced its intentions of retiring the coal-fired St. Clair Power Plant, as well as those in River Rouge and Trenton, by 2023. The St. Clair Power Plant sits on the St. Clair River in China Township and is contiguous to the Belle River plant.

The new plant will mean cleaner air for local residents and make a dent in carbon dioxide emissions, the main driver of climate change.

“DTE Energy is committed to providing Michigan and our customers with reliable, cleaner sources of energy,” DTE Chairman and CEO Gerry Anderson said in a statement. “These new energy generation investments will significantly reduce greenhouses gases by moving to cleaner technologies. Just as important, it will enable us to deliver safe, affordable and reliable energy for DTE’s 2.2 million customers.”

It will also mean jobs and an increased tax base for the county.

"A power plant in your community comes along once in a lifetime, but it's come along twice in my life.  When I first moved here, they were building the Belle River plant," said Jeff Bohm, St. Clair County board chairman.  "The tax base that these plants generate -- if you look at $1.3 billion (for example).  That's roughly 10 percent of the total (state equalized value on taxes) of all of St. Clair County.  That's how huge these plants are." 

View the DTE Energy press release and project rendering HERE.