Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Michigan's Largest Wind Farm Begins Operations

This brought a big smile.

Michigan's largest wind farm started operations Wednesday, DTE Energy said in a statement.

The 212.8-megawatt Gratiot County Wind Project has 133 General Electric Co. turbines — 64 owned by Detroit-based DTE Energy and 69 by Chicago-based Invenergy Wind LLC. The wind park generates enough renewable energy to power more than 50,000 Michigan homes when the wind is blowing, DTE Energy said.

DTE is buying all the power from the wind farm under a 20-year contract.

"This investment proves that Michigan's existing renewable energy law is working and the state is aggressively implementing its renewable commitment," said Steve Kurmas, Detroit Edison president and chief operating officer, referring to Michigan's requirement that utilities generate 10 percent renewable energy by 2015.

That is great. Whaddaya say we go for 25 by '25?

Make it happen, people.