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The Michigan Public Service Commission (MSPC) has approved Detroit-based DTE Energy's contract to purchase 20 MW of renewable energy from a subsidiary of Heritage Sustainable Energy, a Michigan-based wind power producer.

The energy produced for DTE Energy under the 20-year contract will come from Big Turtle Wind Farm LLC, which will cover 2,800 acres in Huron County, Mich. DTE Energy will purchase all of the power produced at the wind park, expected to be operational by late 2014.

DTE Energy notes the wind park will comprise a minimum of 50% Michigan content and feature new technology advanced by Ventower Industries of Monroe and other Michigan suppliers. The Big Turtle Wind Farm will have 10 2-MW turbines and will be the first wind park in Michigan to incorporate all Ventower towers, DTE adds.

The contract is part of DTE Energy's efforts to expand the company's renewable energy resources and meet the state's 10% by 2015 renewable energy standard. The deal will bring DTE Energy's renewable energy portfolio, with contracts signed or projects in operation, to 9.8%.


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