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Trenton breaks ground on region's largest battery energy storage center – The News Herald

Lawmakers and DTE Energy officials announce groundbreaking for what is expected to be the region's largest battery storage center on the site of the decommissioned Trenton Channel coal-fired power plant. (Jackie Martin – The News-Herald)

A host of high-profile dignitaries made Trenton the hottest place in Michigan on Monday as groundbreaking took place for the future site of the region's largest battery energy storage center.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-6th District), Mayor Steven Rzeppa and DTE Energy leaders to discuss the rich history of the former Trenton Channel Power Plant, how its decommissioning in December 2022 was a milestone, and how the removal of the candy cane stacks was emotional for those who have worked, lived and visited the city for decades.

But more than anything, all eyes were on the future and Trenton's critical role in helping the state achieve its goals in the Michigan Healthy Climate Plan and reach its clean, renewable electricity storage goal.

Groundbreaking in Trenton
This image is a snapshot of a rendering of the new Trenton Channel Energy Center. (Jackie Martin – The News-Herald)

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