DTE Energy Names Jerry Norcia CEO; Sells Retired Coal-fired Power Plant in Harbor Beach

Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy’s president and COO, has been selected to succeed Gerry Anderson as CEO. Anderson will serve as executive chairman of the board and continue as a full-time employee of the company. DTE Energy also announced that it has sold its retired coal-fired power plant located in Harbor Beach.
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Jerry Norcia, Gerry Anderson
Jerry Norcia, left, has been promoted to CEO, while Gerry Anderson will become executive chairman of the board. // Photos courtesy of DTE Energy

Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy’s president and COO, has been selected to succeed Gerry Anderson as CEO. Anderson will serve as executive chairman of the board and continue as a full-time employee of the company. DTE Energy also announced that it has sold its retired coal-fired power plant located in Harbor Beach.

Norcia joined DTE Energy in 2002 and has served as its president and COO since 2016. Under that role, he was responsible for strategic oversight and operations of the electric and gas utilities, and the two large non-utility businesses.

“One of the most important responsibilities of a CEO is to, at some point, hand off the job to a great successor at the right time,” says Anderson. “I’m confident I’m doing that. Jerry Norcia and I have worked closely together for more than 15 years. He is a great business leader with a big heart for our people and our communities.”

Norcia says, “I’m grateful for the confidence that Gerry and the board have in me to lead this company through such an exciting and transformative time in the energy industry. DTE’s top priorities remain the same: to be a great energy company, to continue to foster a world-class employee engagement culture, to drive customer service excellence, to be a force for good in our communities and to deliver distinctive shareholder returns.”

As executive chairman, Anderson will serve as an advisor to Norcia on business issues and will focus on DTE’s community, political, and broader industry roles. He will continue his leadership in the Detroit Regional CEO Group, the recently created Detroit Regional Partnership, the Detroit Economic Club, Business Leaders for Michigan, and the Edison Electric Institute.

In another DTE Energy development, the utility has sold its retired coal-fired power plant in Harbor Beach, in Michigan’s thumb region, to Harbor Beach Development, a subsidiary of St. Louis, Mo.-based Commercial Liability Partners (CLP). Terms were not disclosed.

CLP will address environmental needs of the site, including remediation, groundwater monitoring, abatement, decommissioning, and demolition of the facility. In the coming weeks, CLP will meet with local officials and economic development leads in Harbor Beach and Huron County to discuss potential plans for the 85-acre site.

“We look forward to working closely with city officials and community stakeholders as we enter the initial phase of the demolition and remediation portion at the site,” says Ron Froh, president and CEO of CLP. “Our goal on this project – as it is on every project – is to minimize disturbance to the local community and to maximize the potential for long-term opportunity at the site.”

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