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AACE Great Lakes Section

September Meeting

September 19th, 2023

DTE Coal-Fired Coal Plant Decommissioning Program Overview

Presenter:  Chris Patselas, P.E, PMP

Date:    Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Location:  Weber’s Inn
                 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
                 (734) 769‐2500 

Time:   6:00 to 6:30pm - Registration, Networking

            6:30 to 7:15pm - Dinner

            7:15 to 8:15pm - Program

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DTE Coal-Fired Coal Plant Decommissioning Program Overview

Presenter:  Chris Patselas, P.E., PMP

Presentation Abstract:

As the State of Michigan transitions from traditional fossil fuel electric power generation to renewable energy, retired coal-fired power plants are being decommissioned. This process requires thoughtful planning to determine the former plant property’s end state and how to reach it in a safe and environmentally compatible manner. DTE Energy currently has a decommissioning program underway at three coal-fired power plants in southeast Michigan. The planning and execution of the program involves a range of stakeholders from the utility, the engagement of an Owner’s Engineer, and qualified contractors experienced in plant abatement and demolition work. 

Presenter Biography:                          

Chris is a Senior Project Manager with Tetra Tech who currently leads a team decommissioning DTE’s St. Clair Power Plant.  He has worked in the power industry for over 40 years, with about half of those years in project and program management positions. Chris enjoys helping clients with new power generation, retrofit, and decommissioning projects for utility, developer, institutional, and industrial clients. These projects include fossil, nuclear, renewable natural gas (RNG), solar PV, wind, energy storage, cogeneration (CHP), distributed generation, and microgrid technologies. He is a member of AACE, PMI, ESD, Michigan EIBC, and ASME. Chris volunteers in many capacities at his church and participates in Habitat for Humanity builds in Washtenaw County.