Renewable Energy, Wind

DTE Energy making wind acquisitions upping renewable portfolio 50 percent

The Michigan Public Service Commission has conditionally approved DTE Energy’s plan to buy three wind projects statewide totaling 455 MW.

DTE’s wind-park acquisition would elevate its renewable energy portfolio by 50 percent, the Detroit-based utility reported. At least two of those new wind projects will help meet renewable energy goals for the largest commercial and industrial customers, including Ford, General Motors and the University of Michigan.

“Investing in renewable energy is a key part of our commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2040,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO, DTE Energy. “Adding these new wind parks to our portfolio will help us meet the clean energy needs of our largest customers who have chosen MIGreenPower. We also have aggressive plans to expand our voluntary renewable energy programs, enabling more customers to reduce their carbon footprint and meet personal or business sustainability goals.”

DTE will purchase the Isabella I & Isabella II wind parks from Apex Clean Energy. The two projects, totaling 383 MW and located in mid-Michigan’s Isabella County, will be the largest clean energy projects in the state as well as the largest renewable energy projects in DTE’s portfolio when they begin commercial operation in 2020, according to the DTE release.

Apex will start construction on the projects later this year.

DTE also will purchase Fairbanks Wind from Heritage Sustainable Energy, a Traverse City-based wind developer. The 72 MW park will be located in Delta County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.