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 turbines. Currently, there are 21 wind projects ongoing.

Michigan has the 18th best wind resource in the U.S., meaning that wind power is capable of meeting more than 1.6 times the state’s current electricity needs.

Michigan enacted a renewable energy standard (RES) in 2008, requiring many state electricity providers to generate 10 percent of their sales from renewable resources by 2015.

ReDriveninstallIf you are considering a wind turbine installation—residential or commercial, Oak Electric Service is an authorized dealer for Skystream, ReDriven Power and Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Swift wind turbine systems.

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