DTE Energy aims for net zero carbon emissions by 2050

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DTE Energy is shown in Detroit, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy says it’s aiming to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

The Detroit-based utility said Thursday it plans to replace one of its coal plants with natural gas in 2022, cutting carbon emissions at that facility by 70%. It also will remove two other coal-fired facilities within the next two decades.

DTE Energy CEO Jerry Norcia says it’s “the right thing to do for our customers, businesses and the environment.”

The company pledged in March to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

The utility provides electricity to more than 2,200,000 customers in Michigan.

Skiles Boyd is DTE Energy’s vice president of environmental management and resources. He says it would take breakthroughs in technology and the law to achieve net-zero emissions.

The estimated cost is unclear.

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