BAD AXE, Mich. - DTE Energy will host two open houses for
residents in Huron and Sanilac counties to learn more
about the wind farms to be constructed there this year.
DTE Energy announced in 2011 that it will build its first
three wind farms in the two counties as part of its
efforts to expand the company's renewable energy
The Minden, Sigel and McKinley wind farms - which
together will generate approximately 110 megawatts (MW)
of electricity - will be sited on nearly 15,000 acres in
Bloomfield, Sigel and McKinley townships in Huron County,
and Minden and Delaware townships in Sanilac County.
The open houses will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8
p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the Franklin Inn, 1070 E.
Huron Ave. in Bad Axe.
Representatives from DTE Energy; General Electric, the
wind turbine manufacturer; and Barton-Malow, the general
contractor, for the projects, will be on hand to answer
questions and provide information about wind energy and
The three wind farms, with a total of 69 wind turbines,
represent an investment of about $250 million.
The wind farms are part of DTE Energy's plan to meet
Michigan's renewable energy goals. DTE Energy expects to
add about 1,000 MW of renewable power to meet its goal of
10 percent renewable energy by 2015. The company plans to
own facilities to supply up to half of that energy and
contract with third-party producers for the remainder.
DTE Energy expects the majority of its renewable energy
to come from wind resources. However, it also has a solar
energy pilot program that could produce approximately 20
MW. The utility's renewable energy capacity under
contract is about 6 percent of total generation.
DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified
energy company involved in the development and management
of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its
operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric
utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern
Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2
million customers in Michigan and other non-utility,
energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines,
unconventional gas production, power and industrial
projects, and energy trading. Information about DTE
Energy is available at dteenergy.com,
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