Detroit Edison Signs 15-MW Wind Agreement

Detroit Edison has entered into a 20-year agreement with Michigan-based Heritage Sustainable Energy to purchase wind power and renewable energy credits that will be used to help the utility meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard

The agreement is the first signed by Detroit Edison following passage last fall of a new state law that requires Michigan’s electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their power from renewable resources by 2015.

Heritage Sustainable Energy, which is headquartered in Traverse City, plans to install 7 – 8 large-scale wind turbines at a wind farm near Cadillac in order to fulfill its agreement with Detroit Edison. The wind turbines, which will have a capacity of 15 megawatts, are expected to be operational by late 2009.

DTE Energy expects the majority of its renewable energy to come from wind resources. The company has acquired easements on more than 60,000 acres of land in Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb region for development of large-scale wind farms. The company also has proposed two solar energy pilot projects with a capacity of 20 megawatts.

To meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard, Detroit Edison expects to add about 1,200 megawatts of renewable energy capacity. The company plans to contract with third-party producers, like Heritage, for half of that capacity, and plans to own renewable energy projects to meet the remainder.

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