Under sunny skies, public officials and DTE Energy employees gathered at the base of Pine River turbine 46 along with local officials from the townships included in the project to officially mark the commissioning of DTE’s newest wind park. After a brief ceremony at the turbine, the festivities continued with a larger celebration where nearly 200 landowners and other local stakeholders all helped us cut a ceremonial ribbon at nearby Alma College.
“Successfully bringing Pine River online involved many different stakeholders,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business Planning and Development at DTE. “Many teams from our company were involved in the project, guiding it from development to construction and now overseeing the day–to–day maintenance and operations. Pine River is a significant achievement for our company and another milestone on our journey to reduce carbon emissions at least 80 percent by 2040.”
Pine River began commercial operation on March 8, 2019. In the nearly three months the park has been online, it has produced 112,000 megawatt hours of clean energy, which has the environmental impact of taking 17,000 cars off the road for a year. Annually, the park’s 65 turbines will generate enough clean energy to power 54,000 homes and offset more than 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking 63,000 cars off the road every year.
DTE’s renewable energy projects are providing cleaner energy for our customers and helping to drive Michigan’s economy. Over the next five years DTE will more than double its renewable energy and invest an additional $2 billion. Since 2009, DTE’s renewable energy projects have created or sustained more than 4,000 jobs. Construction at Pine River involved more than 250 workers from 22 Michigan companies and 90% of the labor was done by Michigan workers.
Rural communities that host the company’s wind parks benefit from the additional tax revenue these projects provide. Gratiot County, where some of Pine River’s turbines are located, has received more than $42 million in additional tax revenue from the county’s wind energy projects. Local businesses, including hotels, restaurants, concrete suppliers, also benefit from the increased activity these projects bring in.
DTE is proud to be powering Michigan’s clean energy future – where Michigan residents can enjoy a healthy environment and a healthy economy.