• River Rouge Retirement as part of DTE Clean Energy commitment



    On June 4th,  DTE formally retired the River Rouge coal-fired power plant. The facility was constructed on 100 acres on the banks of the Detroit River in the city of River Rouge and began operations in 1956. The coal plant went into commercial operation in 1958 with two generating units of 260 megawatts each and a third at 320 megawatts. At the time, these generating units were the largest in the world. On May 31, 2021, River Rouge supplied its final megawatt of power.  


    The closure of the River Rouge power plant is also another milestone in DTE Energy’s clean energy transition that includes increased investments in wind and solar, utilizing cleaner natural gas and operating its carbon-free Fermi nuclear plant. DTE Energy’s increased emphasis on cleaner energy generation, and the retirement of three of its five remaining coal plants by the end of 2022, represent the single largest carbon emissions reduction happening in the state of Michigan. The City of River Rouge has been a great host and partner to DTE since the plant’s inception. We look forward to building on that partnership by continuing to work together to support the community for many years to come. 

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