On July 18, DTE Energy received conditional approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to purchase three new wind parks totaling 455 megawatts – another milestone on the company’s journey to generate cleaner energy for its customers and to reduce carbon emissions.
Two of the parks are ones for the record book: Isabella I and Isabella ll will be the largest clean energy projects in the state and the largest renewable energy projects in DTE’s generation portfolio when they come online in late 2020. The third wind farm, Fairbanks Wind, will be located in the Upper Peninsula and will come online in late 2020 as well.
Mid-Michigan’s Isabella I and Isabella II will be used to source the renewable energy needs of some of our largest commercial and industrial customers, including Ford, General Motors and the University of Michigan, who all agreed to buy renewable energy through MIGreenPower earlier this year.
“Investing in renewable energy is a key part of our commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% 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 business and residential customers to reduce their carbon footprint and meet their personal or business sustainability goals. We are proud of the environmental and economic benefits these projects will bring to Michigan.”
Apex Clean Energy is building the parks and plans to begin construction later this year. Heritage Sustainable Energy, a Traverse City-based wind developer, is constructing Fairbanks Wind. While this park was approved as part of our company’s 2018 Renewable Energy Plan, it may alternatively be used to support additional sales under MIGreenPower.
When the parks come online, they will increase DTE’s renewable energy portfolio by nearly 50% and generate enough clean energy to power 107,000 homes. The parks will offset 887,726 metric tons of carbon emissions annually and have the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 188,475 cars off the road for a year!
DTE’s renewable energy projects not only benefit the environment, they are helping drive Michigan’s economy. Since 2009, DTE has driven investment of more than $2.8 billion in renewable assets and the company will invest an additional $2 billion over the next five years. DTE’s renewable energy projects have created or sustained more than 4,000 Michigan jobs while powering the equivalent of more than 500,000 homes with clean energy.