Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The DTE Energy River Rouge Plant

I also like to take pictures of the more industrial things that I run across. They aren't pretty but they do play a roll in the history of Michigan.This is the DTE Energy River Rouge Plant. It was built in 1957 and provides 651 Megawatts of Energy. It is a coal fired plant.

The electric portion of DTE energy was known as Detroit Edison and was formed in 1903 and it was part of a holding company called North American Edison Company. This holding company was broken up in 1946 and Detroit Edison was operated independently until 1996 when it fell under DTE Energy (DTE was Detroit Edison's ticker symbol).

DTE serves most of Southeast Michigan with one nuclear plant (Fermi in Monroe) and a bunch of coal fired plants. For a while, it had its own railroad because of the collapse of the Penn Central. It could handle more coal than Penn Central could.

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