DTE Energy Receives Certification, Recognition — Including Inaugural Prairies for Tomorrow Award — from the Wildlife Habitat Council

DETROIT, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — DTE Energy’s wildlife habitat programs
earned significant recognition last week at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s
(WHC) 20th Annual Symposium, 20/20 Vision: Celebrating the Past, Looking to
the Future. Habitat programs at six DTE Energy facilities received WHC
certification for the first time, five other programs were recertified.

In addition, the Monroe Power Plant received special recognition as
recipient of the inaugural Prairies for Tomorrow award and the MichCon Mt.
Pleasant Service Center received a nomination for Rookie of the Year honors.

“While we appreciate the recognition that accompanies the certifications
and awards, the true payoff for our efforts is seeing the land returned to its
natural condition and seeing the wildlife re-inhabit the area,” said Skiles
Boyd, DTE Energy vice president, environmental management and resources. “It
also is gratifying to see that the hard work and commitment by our employees
— who contribute hundreds of volunteer hours every year — is appreciated and
recognized as being successful.”

The new Prairies for Tomorrow Award is presented jointly by the Wildlife
Habitat Council and Pheasants Forever. It recognizes corporate wildlife
habitat projects, specifically prairie restoration projects.

Prairies are home to myriad wildlife species, including pheasants, quail
and a variety of endangered birds and other animals. Prairies also remove and
store carbon from the atmosphere, conserve soil resources, and filter water
run-off. Prairies are the fastest disappearing ecosystem on the planet.

In 2007, in partnership with, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pheasants
Forever, and Monroe Public Schools, a team of Monroe Power Plant employees
spearheaded the restoration 57 acres of farmland to prairie and 5 acres to
wetland to create habitat for local and migratory wildlife populations. This
wildlife habitat area is located south of the power plant on property which is
used, in part, for ash disposal. The site allows direct access for students
taking classes nearby at the Monroe Public Schools’ Charles & June Knabusch
Mathematics & Science Center. Student activities on the site include class
projects, monitoring plant and animal populations and habitat management.

Also at the symposium, habitat programs at six new DTE Energy sites
received certification by WHC. The addition of those six sites brings the
total number of WHC-certified programs at DTE Energy facilities to 18, moving
the company into the 4th position in total number of sites with WHC-certified
programs. The newly certified sites are:

    -- MichCon Allen Road Service Center, Melvindale.
    -- MichCon Belle River Mills Compressor Station, East China Township.
    -- MichCon Grayling Service Center, Grayling.
    -- MichCon Michigan Avenue Service Center, Ypsilanti.
    -- MichCon Mt. Pleasant Service Center, Mt. Pleasant.
    -- DTE Energy Washington 10 Compressor Station, Washington Township.

    Sites earning recertification are:
    -- DTE Energy headquarters complex, Detroit.
    -- Detroit Edison Fermi 2 Power Plant, Newport.
    -- Detroit Edison Greenwood Energy Center, Greenwood Township.
    -- Detroit Edison Harbor Beach Power Plant, Harbor Beach.
    -- W.C. Taggart Compressor Station, Six Lakes.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the
development and management of energy-related businesses and services
nationwide. Its largest operating units are Detroit Edison, an electric
utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and MichCon, a
natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy
portfolio of businesses also includes non-utility energy businesses focused on
power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas
production and energy trading. In 2006, DTE Energy posted revenues of
approximately $9 billion. Information about DTE Energy is available at

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