Detroit Edison seeking input on wind energy programs

Detroit, MI, May 22, 2009 – Detroit Edison issued a request for information to identify potential partners interested in jointly developing wind energy projects with the company.

The request is intended to gauge the interest of potential and existing wind energy developers to enter into joint agreements with Detroit Edison to build Michigan-based wind energy farms capable of producing at least 75 MW of power by 2011.

The energy produced from such developments would help Detroit Edison achieve Michigan’s new renewable portfolio standard for the state’s electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their retail electric sales from renewable resources by 2015.

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

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.

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