DTE Energy honored again as Corporation of the Year for its supplier diversity initiatives

DTE Energy honored again as Corporation of the Year for its supplier diversity

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Oct. 4, 2013

DETROIT, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy was named Corporation of the
Year – Consumer Products for the fourth year in a row by the Michigan Minority
Supplier Diversity Council (MMSDC) for creating opportunities for
minority-owned businesses.

MMSDC recognized DTE Energy for its efforts to include certified minority
suppliers in its procurement program, assisting in the development of minority
suppliers, and for promoting supplier diversity within the company, as well as
with its vendors and other businesses and organizations.

The honor was presented Tuesday evening during the MMSDC 30^th Annual Awards
Program sponsored by Chrysler, DTE Energy and Johnson Controls.

"We are very proud to be recognized again by the Michigan Minority Supplier
Diversity Council," said Tony Tomczak, DTE Energy director of supply chain
management. "The honors affirm our belief that supplier diversity is critical
to the success of our economy, our company and the communities we serve."

DTE Energy was the recipient of the award in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 as

"Our team helps suppliers to be successful through company initiatives that
provide advocacy, training, mentoring, business opportunities and development
experiences," said John Eley Jr., DTE Energy senior manager of corporate
procurement and supplier diversity.

This year, DTE Energy expects to spend $265 million with certified minority
suppliers. More than 90% of those dollars will be spent in Michigan,
strengthening DTE Energy's commitment to support businesses in the state.

As a key participant in the Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative, DTE
Energy has pledged to shift an incremental $1 billion in spending from
businesses located outside of Michigan, and in some cases the United States,
to Michigan-based suppliers by 2015. DTE Energy is accomplishing this by
ensuring low costs and high quality, demonstrating Michigan's overall

Already this year, DTE Energy has contributed more than $492 million to
Michigan-based suppliers, including more than $94 million which was spent with
businesses headquartered in Detroit.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved
in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services
nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1
million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving
1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes
non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects,
unconventional gas production and energy trading. Information about DTE
Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and


Website: http://www.dteenergy.com
Contact: Erica Donerson, DTE Energy, (313) 235-8809; or Alejandro
Bodipo-Memba, DTE Energy, (313) 235-3202
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