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 should be installed in Chandler Township by the end of 2013.
DTE is investing about $500 million in the project. Residential customers have been paying a $3-per-month surcharge to support renewable energy projects. Commercial customers pay a higher fee that varies depending on size. The surcharges and wind turbine project are aimed at meeting a Michigan law that mandates the state produce 10 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2015.
Installing a wind turbine at your location can help you reduce the amount of electricity used from conventional sources, reduce your carbon emissions, lower your electricity bills, and generally make the world a more beautiful place.
At Oak Electric Service, we are standing by to answer your questions about residential wind turbines. Give us a call today at (800) 964-7070. We invite you to visit our website at www.oakelectric.com to learn more about us and our wind turbine installations in Michigan.