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Detroit Renewable Energy

Detroit, Michigan
Own, Operate, Maintain

Created in 2010, Detroit Renewable Energy is an integrated renewable energy system comprised of Detroit Thermal. Together, these companies provide the City of Detroit with safe, reliable and cost-effective solutions for clean energy and waste disposal. Detroit Thermal, the City of Detroit’s underground district energy steam system, has reliably heated some of Detroit’s landmark buildings and businesses for more than 100 years

DRE is a portfolio company of Basalt Infrastructure Partners II LP (“Basalt”) and its consortium partner, DCO Energy (“DCO”)

DRE’s independent operating subsidiaries include:

  • Detroit Thermal – steam generation and distribution facility 


Detroit Thermal is a District Energy business that provides steam for heating services to more than 100 building meters in downtown Detroit.  Detroit Thermal markets and distributes over 1.9mm Mlbs of steam through 32 active miles of underground piping.  Detroit Thermal provides “green” heating services considering the majority of the steam utilized by the District Heating system is generated by DRP’s WTE facility. 

Customers of Detroit Thermal include:

  • GM headquarters 
  • City of Detroit 
  • Detroit Medical Center 
  • Henry Ford Health System HQ 
  • Wayne State University 
  • Wayne County 
  • DTE Energy 
  • Cobo Convention Center 
  • Ford Field 
  • Fox Theater