USA, Not China, is #1 in Wind Energy

Posted on January 16, 2015
You may have heard that China leads the world in terms of megawatts (MW) of wind turbines installed. But a better measure of wind energy production is actually the total amount of electricity, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh), that a country produces from wind and delivers to customers. And in this regard, it is the United States that leads the world in the amount of wind energy that powers its grid. Capacity (MW) measures wind turbine production and installation, but it is the electrical... Read more

Wind Energy Picks Up Speed in Michigan

Posted on November 23, 2014
Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in the state, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. One reason is that wind power is about half as expensive to produce as utility companies initially expected, as little as $50 a megawatt hour in 2013 compared to more than $100 per megawatt hour in 2009. Currently, more than 20 wind farms are in operation or development in Michigan. Michigan’s growing wind business has meant falling prices for residential... Read more

Michigan Wind Energy Update

Posted on October 9, 2014
Michigan's installed wind energy capacity has boomed in recent years, and Michigan was recently named the 16th-ranked state with more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity (1,163 Mw installed). Michigan added the 8th most new capacity additions (MW) in 2012 and was the 6th fastest growing state by percentage. In 2013, 2.4 percent of the state’s electricity was being provided by wind. The state has more than 680 wind turbines and ranks 15th for the number of utility-scale wind... Read more

Wind Energy Production Rising in Michigan

Posted on August 16, 2014
Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in Michigan in the past few years. It could get even more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Wind energy is turning out to be about half as expensive to produce as utility companies initially expected—down to as little as $50 a megawatt hour from more than $100 a megawatt hour in 2009, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. Wind power production... Read more

Wind Power Expected to See Unprecedented Growth in 2014

Posted on April 23, 2014
The American wind energy industry started construction on an historic and unprecedented number of new wind farms this year. Key factors spurring growth include an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and a record number of Power Purchase Agreements with electric utilities. Among other things, the PTC provides up-front tax relief of 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of a project. At the same time, investments in technological advancements have driven down the cost of... Read more

Some Facts About the U.S. Electrical Grid

Posted on April 9, 2014
The U.S. electric grid delivers electricity to more than 144 million end-use customers in the United States. Construction of the grid was started in the late 1880s and continues today. About 70 percent of the grid’s transmission lines and power transformers are now over 25 years old; the average age of power plants is over 30 years. As most of us know, the U.S. electric grid is highly vulnerable to severe weather, which is the leading cause of power outages in the United States. Between 2003... Read more

Incandescent Bulbs Phase-out Continues in 2014

Posted on March 24, 2014
In keeping with a law passed by Congress in 2007, tungsten-filament 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured in the U.S. as of January 1, 2014. This follows the already completed phase-out of manufacturing of 100-watt bulbs in 2012 followed by 75-watt bulbs in 2013. This final phase-out will be the most significant because 40- and 60-watt bulbs represent more than 50 percent of the consumer lighting market. The production of incandescent bulbs is being discontinued... Read more

Oak Electric for Your Electrical Needs—And More

Posted on March 16, 2014
When Oak Electric Service says we are a full-service electrical contractor, we mean it. We have over 30 years of collective experience as residential, commercial and industrial electrical contractors. Oak Electric serves more than 8,000 customers in southeast Michigan with a wide range of electrical and renewable energy solutions, including: 24-hour emergency service Automatic standby and backup generators—sales, installation, service and parts for major generator manufacturers General... Read more

Michigan’s Utilities are Meeting Renewable Energy Goals

Posted on January 9, 2014
In 2008, Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law comprehensive energy reforms. In addition to removing barriers to investing in environmentally friendly, new baseload generation needed by the state, the new law established Michigan’s first Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS requires 10 percent of the state’s electricity supply to come from renewable sources by 2015. Michigan’s utilities are expected to meet the 10 percent goal by 2015, at costs that have been cut in half since... Read more

Wind Energy

Posted on October 9, 2013
While wind energy currently accounts for about 4% of the U.S. power sector, its potential is immense. Experts suggest that wind power can easily supply more than 20% of U.S. and world electricity. This is good news given that coal produces less than 40% of our power yet is responsible for 70% of the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Here are just a few reasons to consider wind power as a source for electricity: Wind is a free, native fuel—Unlike other forms of electrical... Read more

Financing Options from Oak Electric

Posted on June 28, 2013
At Oak Electric Services, we are always looking for ways to make our services affordable for our residential and commercial customers. We invite you to check out the numerous financing options we offer—for everything from solar to generator to lighting upgrade projects. For example, Generac generator and SunPower solar system customers can choose financing options including: No money down No payments or interest with deferred payment options of 3, 6, 12 or 18 months (if paid in full... Read more

Oak Electric is a Member of Michigan GREEN

Posted on June 8, 2013
As one of southeast Michigan’s leading renewable energy contractors, Oak Electric is proud to be a member of Michigan GREEN—The Michigan Group for a Renewable Energy Efficient Nation. Michigan GREEN is a non-profit group that consists of energy companies and consultants, government agencies, schools, colleges, universities and like-minded individuals that have joined forces to champion the cause of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Michigan and throughout the nation. Incorporated... Read more

Residential Wind Power Systems

Posted on March 25, 2013
If you have enough wind resource in your area and the situation is right, small wind electric systems can be one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems, with zero emissions and pollution. Small wind electric systems can: Lower electricity bills by 50%–90% Help avoid the high costs of having utility power lines extended to a remote location Help uninterruptible power supplies ride through extended utility outages Be used for other applications, including water... Read more

Oak Electric—One-Stop Electrical Services and More!

Posted on January 8, 2013
When it comes to comprehensive electrical services—industrial, commercial and residential—we want you to “Think Oak Electric.” We provide all of the typical electrical services, such as: general troubleshooting and repair work; circuit breaker panel upgrades; installation of electric appliances and ceiling fans; remodel wiring and new construction; electrical work for swimming pools and hot tubs; and insurance restoration work. But we also hope Oak Electric is the first company that... Read more

Are Solar Panels Effective in Cold Weather?

Posted on October 22, 2012
With winter approaching, you may be inclined to put off installing solar panels for your home or business because you think the snow and cold will affect your solar panel system. The average temperature in a climate region does not have an effect on solar panels. In fact, solar panels are actually slightly more efficient at producing electricity in cold temperatures.  So even if you live in a colder climate that is further north, you still get enough sunlight that solar panels will work.... Read more

Green Energy on the Rise in U.S.

Posted on October 8, 2012
Contrary to reports in the media, data from the Energy Information Agency supports the fact that the percentage of our electricity in the U.S. coming from green sources has doubled in just four years to nearly six percent. The green sources include non-hydroelectric renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. The renewable energy industry is growing fast. While solar cell manufacturers may have taken a hit due to stiff competition from China, they account for only three percent of... Read more

Call Oak Electric for All of Your Electrical Projects

Posted on September 22, 2012
Whether you are experiencing an electrical issue or just want to check out your electrical system and whether you are a residential or commercial customer, Oak Electric Service can help. A preferred vendor for DTE Energy, we have been providing comprehensive electrical services for the industrial, commercial and residential markets in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan since 1999. Here’s just a sampling of the services we offer: General electrical work, including troubleshooting and... Read more

Central Michigan Wind Park Now Up and Running

Posted on September 5, 2012
In June, DTE Energy announced the completion of construction and the start of full commercial operations for the Gratiot County Wind Project. The wind park is a 212.8-megawatt (MW) project featuring 133 1.6-MW GE wind turbines.  It generates enough renewable energy to power more than 50,000 Michigan homes. The wind park, located on approximately 30,000 acres of private land in the townships of Wheeler, Bethany, Emerson and Lafayette, is part of DTE Energy's plan to meet Michigan's renewable... Read more

Michigan Is A Favorable Place for Adopting Renewable Energy Solutions

Posted on August 15, 2012
Solar Panels—Michigan gets 4.2 hours on average of sunlight a day, which is more than adequate for consumers and businesses interested in adopting renewable energy solutions through solar power panel systems. Contrary to what you might think, solar panels produce more energy in cold weather than hot weather. During peak sunlight hours, the sun supplies 1,000 watts of power per square meter, and solar panels can typically convert about 20% of that into electric power. In addition, Michigan... Read more

DTE Energy Plans Wind Turbine Installations in Michigan

Posted on July 27, 2012
DTE Energy plans to install nearly 140 wind turbines in Michigan’s Thumb area by 2014, with the first half going in by the end of 2012. The Detroit-based utility company has contracted with GE to supply 137 wind turbines for projects in Huron and Sanilac counties. The turbines’ capacity of 220 megawatts is enough to supply electricity to a city of about 100,000 people. The first 69 turbines will be installed in Sigel, Minden and McKinley townships by the end of the year; the other 68... Read more

Oak Electric Installs Skystream Wind Generator Systems

Posted on March 26, 2012
If implementing residential or commercial wind power is on your to-do list for 2012, Oak Electric can help. We are established wind power specialists with a growing number of successful wind power installations in Michigan. Skystream, Swift and ReDriven wind generators are among the systems we have installed for customers. Basically, here’s how a wind generator system works: The wind generator connects directly to your home or structure. When the wind is blowing, your home is powered (in... Read more