BioGreenGas

Recycling Trash Into Renewable Natural Gas

BioGreenGas is a voluntary program supporting the local development of renewable natural gas by using the methane that arises naturally from landfills.

About BioGreenGas

As organic matter decays in landfills, it creates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Capturing this methane and removing the impurities creates a renewable source of pipeline-quality natural gas. For $2.50 per month, you can participate in the BioGreenGas program and join others in supporting renewable energy development to create a cleaner, more sustainable Michigan.

The Benefits of BioGreenGas

Prevents Harmful Methane From Escaping Into the Atmosphere
Landfills create methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. BioGreenGas not only prevents methane from reaching the atmosphere, it turns it into a clean-burning natural gas.

Renewable Source of Natural Gas
By capturing and refining methane and turning it into natural gas, programs like BioGreenGas offer the promise of reducing the reliance on other, less friendly energy sources.

Advancing Technology
Michigan is a worldwide leader in technological resourcefulness and innovation. Your help will ensure the development of this vital renewable energy source.

It’s Easy to Make a Difference
Your support, added to your monthly utility bill, ensures that every month you will be helping to create a cleaner, more sustainable Michigan.

Just $2.50 a Month Can Make a Big Difference

Michigan is a beautiful place to live, work and play. Supporting the development of sustainable energy sources is a simple, but significant way to improve our state today and for future generations of Michiganders and tourists.

For just $2.50 per month, you can participate in the BioGreenGas program. It’s just one of many ways DTE Energy is committed to making a long-term investment in diversifying and strengthening Michigan’s overall clean energy strategy.

BioGreenGas in Your Community

DTE Energy is breaking new ground with BioGreenGas, an innovative program that captures methane from landfills and turns it into pipeline quality natural gas. For just $2.50 per month, you can participate in this voluntary program and join a growing number of people and businesses who support renewable energy development. DTE Energy is proud to support this technology in Michigan and we look forward to partnering with you to expand our involvement with renewable energy. BioGreenGas is available to all DTE Energy natural gas customers.

Learn More About BioGreenGas

Are you curious about BioGreenGas and its benefits? Email your questions to biogreengas@dteenergy.com.

BioGreenGas FAQs

What is renewable natural gas and how is it produced?
Renewable natural gas is generated from methane that is produced in landfills. When ordinary garbage decomposes, it produces methane gas. Capturing the methane gas and removing its impurities creates a renewable source of pipeline-quality natural gas.

Is renewable natural gas produced from fracking?
No. The biogas production process taps into the methane source by means of wells sunk into the landfill. The methane gas is then delivered to a facility where it is cleaned and converted to renewable, pipeline-quality natural gas.

How does the program enrollment process work?
The BioGreenGas program is voluntary. Customers elect to pay a premium of $2.50 per month to support the development and advance the utilization of natural gas generated from biogas resources.

Is DTE Energy offering the program because of a government mandate?
No government mandate has been imposed on DTE Energy. The company is offering BioGreenGas because of expressed customer interest in supporting a renewable natural gas program.

Who is eligible to participate in the BioGreenGas program?
DTE Energy natural gas customers whose account is in good standing can enroll in the BioGreenGas program.

How does the renewable natural gas get to my house?
The renewable natural gas is purchased by DTE Energy and delivered into a nearby pipeline system. There is no way to determine which of the gas molecules actually reach your home because the renewable natural gas is blended with gas supply from other traditional sources.

How much does it cost to enroll in the BioGreenGas program?
The monthly contribution is $2.50.

I am already enrolled in a renewable energy program for $2.50. Is this the same program?
DTE Energy offers two voluntary renewable energy programs. GreenCurrentsSM is for DTE Energy electric customers. BioGreenGas is for DTE Energy residential natural gas customers.

Natural gas is already abundant and clean. Why is DTE Energy offering a renewable natural gas program?
Methane is a destructive greenhouse gas. Capturing the methane gas generated by decaying landfills prevents it from releasing into the atmosphere. Using a landfill gas recovery system, this potentially harmful gas is turned into clean, pipeline quality natural gas, making it an environmentally conscious source of energy. Additionally, the BioGreenGas program is helping to build a cleaner, more sustainable Michigan.

How is DTE Energy benefiting by offering BioGreenGas?
Supporting renewable energy development contributes to the sustainability of our communities and to the betterment of Michigan's environment.

Note: All customers are required to pay the full applicable renewable energy surcharge necessary to facilitate compliance with Michigan's energy portfolio standard. Signing up for a monthly $2.50 BioGreenGas premium is in addition to the renewable energy portfolio charge.

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