DTE Energy customers are benefitting from 30 wind turbines installed at DTE’s Pinnebog Wind Park in Huron County. The new project has the ability to produce 50 MW of clean, renewable energy, or enough to power more than 22,000 homes.
“DTE Energy is Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy and among the top producers nationally,” said Irene Dimitry, VP of Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy. “We view renewable energy as an important part of a diversified and balanced energy portfolio.”
Pinnebog Wind Park is located in Chandler, Oliver, and Colfax Townships and is an expansion of the existing Echo Wind Park. About 150 people were employed to work on various aspects of the project during construction. DTE now has a total of 30 full-time employees working at its Huron County Renewable Energy Center located in Bad Axe, MI.
In addition to the creation of construction and operations jobs and local economic development, DTE wind projects in Huron County will generate tax revenue of more than $20 million by 2020. This is on top of payments made to participating land owners through wind energy easement agreements.
“Projects like this increase our renewable energy generation capacity and our ability to provide our customers with energy that is affordable, reliable and clean,” added Dimitry.
DTE is Michigan’s largest investor in renewable energy, including wind and solar, having driven investments of more than $2 billion in renewable energy since 2008. In 2015, more than 10% of the energy provided by DTE was generated from a renewable source in Michigan. Today, DTE’s renewable energy portfolio includes 13 wind parks and 28 solar arrays.