Rural communities around Michigan are embracing wind energy and helping to create a cleaner future for their families and generations to follow. To many, the turbines represent a positive step forward in the fight to reduce our impact on the environment, fight pollution and live more sustainably.
Wind energy is emission-free, and turbines do not need any water to operate. A single wind turbine generates enough clean energy to power approximately 700 average size Michigan homes. DTE Energy currently has 14 wind parks in its portfolio. Together, they generate enough clean energy to power approximately 500,000 homes. In 2020, DTE will commission four additional wind parks, including the largest in our state. These new parks will increase DTE’s renewable energy generation capacity by more than 50%.
And it’s not just rural communities that are interested in fighting pollution and reducing carbon emissions. More than 10,000 DTE residential and small business customers have joined MIGreenPower, a voluntary renewable energy program that enables customers to support additional renewable energy development. Some of Michigan’s most well-known companies, including Ford and General Motors, have also enrolled in the program and will be attributing their energy use to new DTE wind parks beginning in 2021.
Some have asked if wind park construction creates pollution. While fossil fuels are used during various stages of wind turbine construction, once operational, a wind turbine avoids roughly the same amount of emissions in just six months.
DTE recently announced its goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions in its electric company by 2050. We are excited to increase our renewable energy assets and bring more pollution-free power to our customers.
Listen to these rural Michigan residents share their pride in creating a cleaner future for Michigan.