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We drive our performance by setting challenging goals, and then meeting or surpassing them.
Our corporate goals
Annual United Way donations
Achieve $1.6 million or more in pledges from employees and retirees for 2013.
Progress: Employees and retirees pledged $1,605,927 in our 2013 campaign, which was conducted in September through December 2012. The DTE Energy Foundation added a $750,000 gift to bring the total amount raised to $2,356,191. more
Residential customer satisfaction
Increase the residential customer satisfaction index to 74 percent by the end of 2013.
Progress: Through the first quarter of 2013, our residential customer satisfaction index is at 71 percent, which is 1 point lower than the end of 2012 and 3 point lower than the YE target of 74 percent. more
Customer energy use savings
Our 2012 goals were to reduce electric energy use by 1 percent and natural gas use by 0.75 percent annually and ensure that our Energy Optimization programs are cost effective.
Progress: 2012 was a pivotal year for DTE Energy’s Energy Optimization program. The year was successful in all key areas: energy savings, spending, and participation. more
DTE Energy’s Energy Optimization program launched in June 2009 as a result of laws that took effect in 2008 that mandated Michigan utilities implement energy optimization programs to help their customers reduce their electricity and natural gas use. The laws required our utilities, DTE Electric and DTE Gas, to save at least 1 percent of electric load each year and 0.75 percent of gas retail sales by 2012 and maintain those percent savings each year thereafter until 2015. DTE has aggressively implemented its energy efficiency programs, achieving standards that reached 1 percent electric savings and 0.75 percent gas savings in just under four years. Both gas and electric utilities exceeded these rising minimum legislative requirements each year. To implement the program in 2012, DTE Electric spent $69.7 million compared to the planned $74.4 million, and DTE Gas spent $28.6 million compared to the planned $27.8 million.
DTE continued to build on its momentum from the 2009 launch by enhancing the scope of existing programs and adding new program options to the portfolio. Since 2009, more than 700,000 customers have directly participated in DTE’s Energy Optimization programs, upgrading equipment in their homes and businesses to be more energy efficient. In 2012 alone, more than 286,000 DTE customers took control of their energy use through the EO programs and saved millions of dollars as a result. Additionally, DTE has provided them with education, tips, strategies and tools to help them save money on their energy bills. As a result, DTE has saved over 1,700 gigawatt hours (GWh) or approximately 3.9 percent of planned retail sales for electric customers, and 3,800 million cubic feet (MMcf) or approximately 2.4 percent of planned retail sales for gas customers since the program started. The electric savings amount is equivalent to energy required to power all the homes in Lansing, Mich., for more than three years. The gas savings are equivalent to heat the same number of homes in Lansing for one year. The savings achieved so far will continue for years into the future.
Operating earnings per share
Deliver long-term operating earnings per share growth of 5 to 6 percent per year.
Progress: First quarter 2013 operating earnings were $1.34 per share vs. first quarter 2012 operating earnings of $0.91 per share, representing a 47 percent year-over-year growth. Our long-term growth target range is 5-6 percent. At our recent Analyst Day, we increased our 2013 operating earnings guidance range to $3.90-$4.20 per share. more
DTE Energy believes that operating earnings provide a more meaningful representation of our company's earnings from ongoing operations than reported earnings. We use operating earnings as our primary performance measurement with analysts and investors. Operating earnings exclude non-recurring items, certain timing-related items and discontinued operations.
We remain focused on building a culture of engaged employees dedicated to the principles of continuous improvement that will allow us to enhance the strengths of our businesses and ensure reliable and affordable energy for our customers, while also delivering targeted long-term annual growth of 5 percent to 6 percent and an attractive dividend to our investors.
Total shareholder return
Deliver total shareholder return that is better than our peer group average.
Progress: DTE’s one year total shareholder as of the end of the first quarter was 29.6 percent, greater than our peer group average of 20.8 percent. On a three-year basis, as of March 31, 2013, DTE’s total shareholder return was 71.8 percent, above the peer group average of 65.7 percent. more
Strong balance sheet
Maintain leverage within 50 percent to 52 percent, and our funds from operations/debt within 21 percent to 22 percent.
Progress: As March 31, 2013, DTE Energy’s leverage was: Debt 49.4 percent, adjusted Equity 50.6 percent, Total 100 percent. As of March 31, 2013, DTE Energy’s 12 months ended funds from operations/debt calculation was 21.6 percent, within the target of 21 percent to 22 percent. more
Carbon-dioxide emissions reductions
Reduce DTE Energy power plant carbon-dioxide emissions 6 percent by year-end 2010 from a baseline of 1998-2000.
Progress: We met this goal. Through the end of 2010, we had achieved a total carbon-dioxide reduction of 6.3 percent from the 1998-2000 baseline. more
Greenhouse gas emissions intensity reduction
Reduce DTE Electric greenhouse gas emissions intensity 3 to 5 percent by 2012 from a 2000-2002 baseline.
Progress: “Greenhouse gas emissions intensity” means the amount of carbon dioxide released per megawatt hour of electricity produced. DTE Electric’s 2000-2002 greenhouse gas emissions intensity baseline is 0.79 metric tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. A 3-percent reduction would equate to 0.76 metric tons per megawatt hour. In 2012, the emission intensity of our total generation increased to 0.86 metric tons per megawatt hour (above the baseline average) due to DTE Energy's Enrico Fermi II nuclear power plant only generating 60% of its forecasted total generation for 2012. On June 25, 2012, our Fermi 2 nuclear power plant was manually shutdown after one of the plant's two non-safety related feed-water pumps failed. DTE Electric decided to operate the plant with one feed-water pump at a reduced power level until the second feed-water pump was returned to service. The plant was restarted on July 30, 2012 with production at 68 percent of full capacity. Despite the lower capacity of the Fermi II plant, absolute greenhouse gas emissions from DTE Electric's fossil plants were down almost 17 percent from 2000 and 4.4 percent from just 2011. more
Wildlife Habitat Council Certifications
Create and maintain quality wildlife habitat through certification of DTE Energy sites under the Wildlife Habitat Council.
Progress: DTE Energy has 30 sites certified under the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). These sites are on multiple-year certification cycles and in 2013, 16 of the 30 certified sites applied for recertification of their Wildlife at Work programs. This year, the Monroe Power Plant applied for an additional certification through WHC, the Corporate Lands for Learning (CLL) certification, which provides recognition for education and outreach programs developed by the site. This made Monroe Power Plant the first DTE Energy site to be CLL certified, with River Rouge Power Plant expected to certify in 2014. The newest WHC programs are DTE Gas’ Gaylord Transmission and Storage Operations Office and Wealthy Station, where habitat restoration projects were implemented in 2011 and certification was achieved in 2012. more
Coal-combustion byproducts recycling
Recycle 15 percent of the total amount of DTE Electric’s coal-combustion byproducts in 2010 and 50 percent by 2015.
Progress: We exceeded our coal-combustion residual recycling goal of 15 percent for 2010 by recycling more than 18 percent of our coal-combustion byproducts. And in 2011, we increased recycling significantly, to 27 percent. While that puts us well on track to meet out 2015 goal, we are being challenged by regulatory requirements that may impact our recycling rate. more
Renewable energy development
Increase DTE Energy's energy generation from renewable resources to 10 percent by 2015.
Progress: We are on track to meet the goals set by Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and are planning to do so through constructing new renewable projects we will own and by purchasing renewable energy generation, primarily wind, from third-parties to add 1,200 megawatts over the next 20 years. As of September 2011, we have increased our renewable energy portfolio to more than 5 percent of our total generation. more
DTE Electric is powering Michigan's energy future by using today's technology to provide reliable, affordable, responsible energy while developing tomorrow's clean energy solutions. Multiple parallel activities are underway to secure 10 percent of Detroit Edison's sales or 1,200 megawatts (MW) from renewable resources by 2015.
Ongoing since 2007, our company has acquired land rights to nearly 80,000 acres of land in Huron County in Michigan's Thumb region for the development of large-scale wind projects. Since plan approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2009, our company has successfully launched two solar energy pilot programs – "SolarCurrents" – that are projected to produce about 20 MW of electricity.
Three long-term contracts have been approved to purchase 3.2 million Michigan-based Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). These RECs qualify for compliance toward the 10 percent RPS target. Additionally, four purchase power agreement (PPA) contracts have been approved totaling 232 MW. These PPA contracts qualify both toward the 10 percent RPS target and the capacity requirements established by Michigan's RPS.