DTE Energy starts up 50-MW Pinnebog wind project

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) said Dec. 27 that it had recently completed construction of the 50-MW Pinnebog wind power project in Michigan.

The Pinnebog wind project includes 30 wind turbines. It is located in Chandler, Oliver and Colfax Townships. The project is an expansion of the existing Echo Wind Park. 

Roughly 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, Michigan.

Pinnebog can generate enough electricity to power more than 400,000 homes, DTE said in a news release.

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved an amended engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for Aristeo Construction back in November 2015 the contractor to work on the Pinnebog wind project for DTE Electric.

The company had originally planned to build a larger, 100-MW wind park in Huron County that was going to be called Meade Wind Park.

Voters in Michigan recently approved an increase in the state’s renewable power mandate from the existing 10% to 15% by 2021.

DTE is Michigan’s largest investor in renewable energy, including wind and solar, having driven investments of more than $2bn in renewable energy since 2008.  In 2015, more than 10% 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, the company said.

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