Detroit Edison makes first deal to buy wind power

Detroit Edison has signed on with Heritage Sustainable Energy to buy renewable energy in what promises to be the beginning of a long line of alternative energy deals.

The Traverse City-based firm will provide 15 megawatts of renewable energy. It’s building up to eight wind turbines in Cadillac to provide this energy. They should be up and running by the end of this year.

The 20-year agreement will help Detroit Edison, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, meet Michigan’s new renewable portfolio standard of providing 10 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2015.

DTE Energy plans to generate half of that energy from its own resources, such as the 60,000 acre wind farm it's preparing to build in Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb. It will buy the other half from other companies, such as Heritage Sustainable Energy.

Source: John Austerberry, spokesman for DTE Energy
Writer: Jon Zemke
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