Detroit, Michigan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] DTE Energy announced it has signed a long-term agreement with Michigan-based renewable energy company Heritage Sustainable Energy, LLC to provide wind supply for the company’s GreenCurrents renewable energy program. The 10-year agreement will enable Heritage to build a new 6,500-acre wind farm in Richland, Michigan.Introduced earlier this year, GreenCurrents offers DTE Energy’s 2.2 million electric customers the option of choosing renewable energy for their homes and businesses.
“A key element of the GreenCurrents program is to encourage the development and operation of new renewable energy projects in Michigan,” said Trevor F. Lauer, vice president of marketing for DTE Energy. “We want the energy resources for GreenCurrents to be homegrown—and we’re happy to say that we’ve signed a long-term agreement with a developer who shares that vision.”
The agreement with DTE Energy has allowed Heritage Sustainable Energy to begin construction of Stoney Corners Wind Farm, which will start up with two 2.5 megawatt (MW) Fuhrlander 2500 wind turbines. The facility is expected to be in operation as early as March 2008, with an ultimate capacity planned to be in excess of 100 MW.
Under the GreenCurrents program, DTE Energy’s Detroit Edison electric customers can select an option to promote renewable energy while best fitting their budget. For as little as $2.50 extra a month, residential customers can purchase a block of renewable energy that’s equal to 15-20 percent of a typical home’s monthly electric usage. Customers also can choose to match 100 percent of their home’s electricity consumption with renewable resources by paying an extra $10 to $15 per month for a typical household.