DTE Energy Buying Power From Completed Gratiot Wind Project

Renew Grid, Thursday June 07, 2012 - 12:09:19

DTE Energy has announced construction has been completed and commercial operation has begun on the Gratiot County wind farm, a 212.8 MW project featuring 133 1.6 MW GE wind turbines.

DTE Energy owns 64 of the turbines, and 69 turbines are owned by Gratiot Wind LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind LLC. DTE Energy will purchase the power under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

DTE Energy expects to add about 1 GW of renewable power to meet its goal of 10% renewable energy by 2015. The company plans to own facilities to supply up to half of that energy and contract with third-party producers for the remainder.

Located on approximately 30,000 acres of private land in the townships of Wheeler, Bethany, Emerson and Lafayette, the wind project was constructed by Livonia, Mich.-based Aristeo Construction.

DTE Energy announced last month that it plans to build a 110 MW wind project in Huron County. The project will be sited on nearly 16,000 acres and will host up to 70 wind turbines. DTE Energy plans to file for approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission later this year. If approved, construction is scheduled to begin next year.

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