DTE Energy’s Pinnebog Wind Park begins commercial operation
DETROIT, Mich. – DTE Energy customers are benefitting from 30 wind turbines installed at DTE’s Pinnebog Wind Park in Huron County. The new project has the ability to produce 50 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy – enough to power more than 22,000 homes.
DTE Energy began work on Pinnebog in early 2016, and its completion brings the number of DTE owned or operated wind parks to 13 across Michigan – the most in the state and enough to power more than 400,000 homes.
“DTE Energy is Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy and among the top producers nationally,” said Irene Dimitry, vice president of Business Planning and Development, DTE Energy. “We view renewable energy as an important part of a diversified and balanced energy portfolio. Projects like this increase our renewable energy generation capacity and our ability to provide our customers with energy that is affordable, reliable and clean.”
Pinnebog Wind Park is located in Chandler, Oliver and Colfax Townships and is an expansion of the existing Echo Wind Park. Approximately 150 people were employed to work on various aspects of the project during construction. DTE now has a total of 30 full-time employees working at its Huron County Renewable Energy Center located in Bad Axe, MI.
In addition to the creation of construction and operations jobs and local economic development, DTE wind projects in Huron County will generate tax revenue of more than $20 million by 2020. This is in addition to payments made to participating land owners through wind energy easement agreements.
DTE is Michigan's largest investor in renewable energy, including wind and solar, having driven investments of more than $2 billion in renewable energy since 2008. In 2015, more than 10 percent of the energy provided by DTE was generated from a renewable source in Michigan. Today, DTE’s renewable energy portfolio includes 13 wind parks and 28 solar arrays.
About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com.
SOURCE DTE Energy