Duke wins service deal for 400 MW of DTE wind capacity in Michigan

Duke Energy Renewable Services announced Feb. 4 that it has partnered with DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) via a five-year service agreement to operate and maintain DTE’s seven wind parks totaling 400 MW.

The fully operational wind projects consist of 247 1.6- and 1.7-MW General Electric turbines located in Gratiot, Sanilac and Huron counties in Michigan. The projects began operation in 2013. In addition to providing operations and maintenance services, Duke Energy Renewable Services began supplying 24/7 remote monitoring and balance-of-plant management in January 2016.

“We are pleased to offer value to DTE Energy with our experienced boots on the ground as well as our sophisticated monitoring center,” said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables and Commercial Portfolio. “DTE Energy shares in our commitment to safe and efficient operations, which ensures a beneficial partnership for years to come.”

“DTE Energy is Michigan’s largest investor in renewable energy, and wind energy accounts for 95 percent of our renewable portfolio,” said Dave Harwood, DTE Energy’s director of Renewable Energy. “Wind energy plays a key role in delivering reliable, affordable and clean energy to DTE customers. We are confident that the expertise and knowledge Duke Energy Renewable Services brings to our team will help us further optimize our wind park operations.”

Duke Energy Renewable Services will provide its deep experience operating wind assets and increasing customer’s energy yield during times of high electricity demand.

“We are looking forward to ensuring successful operations for DTE Energy,” said Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewable Operations. “Leveraging our operational experience and buying power will allow us to optimize the performance of DTE Energy’s Michigan wind projects, resulting in greater service value.”

Duke Energy Renewable Services, part of Duke Energy Renewables, is a leader in operating and maintaining wind and solar projects for customers throughout the United States. The company’s growing fleet of owned and third-party wind and solar operations now spans 73 projects in 15 states, totaling more than 4,000 MW. Its parent is Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

DTE Energy 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 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.

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