Michigan utility purchases state’s largest clean energy projects


Utility DTE Energy has purchased the Isabella wind 1 and 11 projects from Apex Clean Energy to serve the energy needs of its industrial customers in Michigan.

This follows an approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission to buy the 385MW projects.

The projects will be constructed as from this year to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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The project will include some 136 wind turbines supplied by GE Renewable Energy, will generate $30 million in tax revenue for the local community, $100 million in landowner payments and construct more than 300 jobs during the development phase.

The wind farm will produce energy enough to power 86,000 homes as well as reduce emissions by nearly 70,000 per annum.

Industrial consumers to be served by the wind farm include Ford, General Motors and the University of Michigan.

“Adding Isabella I and Isabella II to DTE’s generation portfolio will help us accelerate Michigan’s transition to cleaner energy and reduce carbon emissions at least 80% by 2040,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of business planning and development for DTE Energy. “We are excited to now have MPSC approval to move forward with this purchase and look forward to bringing these projects online late next year.”

DTE Energy serves 2.2 million electric and 1.3 million natural gas customers has plans to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2040.