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DTE Energy’s ground-breaking energy efficiency academy grows talent pipeline program in Detroit and expands to Grand Rapids

Participants receive full compensation and placement into career network for electric, HVAC, insulation and home performance skilled trades.

Detroit, May 20, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For Demetria Tucker, transitioning into the clean energy career field was a leap of faith. She hoped to secure a better-paying job to support herself and her family, with future growth opportunities and advanced training, so she joined DTE’s Energy Efficiency Academy. In June of last year, Demetria graduated from the Academy and moved into a career earning wages that double the state’s average.

“The first day of the program was the most memorable for me, I was nervous and honestly didn’t know if I would enjoy stepping into this new field," said Tucker, graduate, Energy Efficiency Academy. “By the end of the day, I knew that I was in for something extraordinary. “All of my doubt was gone once I was certified and employed shortly after, making a reasonable wage to support my family.”

Building on the success of the Academy’s first year, DTE announced the continuation and expansion of its Energy Efficiency Academy with larger cohorts in Detroit and a new, advanced training targeting interested participants working in the clean energy industry to start this August in the Grand Rapids area.


The Energy Efficiency Academy is DTE’s latest workforce development program, established in partnership with Walker-Miller Energy Services to directly respond to the growing demand for energy-efficient home repairs in Detroit, while also building a local workforce that will benefit the community. The spring cohort kicked off late last month, with the intention of increasing reach and driving impact within communities facing the highest energy burdens.

In its inaugural year, participants achieved a 94% average pass rate across three key certifications including Building Science, Building Analyst and Healthy Home Evaluator professional certifications. Seventy-five percent of the 2023 program participants have secured full-time employment with wages up to $30 per hour (nearly $20 above the state’s minimum wage and above the national average).

“Providing well-paid opportunities to address the labor demand and energy-efficient home repairs in Detroit ultimately empowers our customers to save more energy while fostering thriving communities,” said Angela Wojtowicz, vice president – Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy. “Continuing our partnership with Walker-Miller Energy Services is a testament to the importance of building a sustainable talent pipeline that meets the demands of Detroit’s housing stock.”

DTE was ranked a Top 5 Utility by the American Counsel for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for its leadership in energy equity and designing energy efficiency programs that support underserved communities. The Energy Efficiency Academy is the latest in several workforce development programs DTE has partnered on to attract new talent in the clean energy industry including:

  • Detroit-based Tree-Trimming Academy (TTA) and Parnell Prison Tree-Trim Training

  • Detroit Summer Youth Internship Program

  • Power and Trades Pathways Program with Henry Ford College

For more information about the Energy Efficiency Academy, visit  To learn more about DTE’s energy-saving programs, visit

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 company serving 2.3 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers across Michigan. The DTE portfolio also includes energy businesses focused on custom energy solutions, renewable energy generation, and energy marketing and trading. DTE has continued to accelerate its carbon reduction goals to meet aggressive targets and is committed to serving with its energy through volunteerism, education and employment initiatives, philanthropy, emission reductions and economic progress. Information about DTE is available at and

CONTACT: Dominique Hicks DTE Energy 313.235.5555