Exelon Generation has landed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative Inc., a not-for-profit generation and transmission electric cooperative, with the output from the 153 MW Michigan Wind 3 project.
Exelon is scheduled to begin construction on the project, located in Sanilac County, Mich., in spring 2016 and begin commercial operation by December 2016.
‘Wolverine is excited about the addition of Michigan Wind 3 to its portfolio,’ states Eric Baker, president and CEO of Wolverine. ‘When Michigan Wind 3 is complete, Wolverine expects to have more than 350 MW of wind generation in its portfolio, meaning Michigan cooperatives will achieve a 30 percent renewable level.’
Wolverine currently receives approximately 50 MW of wind energy from the Harvest Wind Farm, located between Elkton and Pigeon, Mich. Wolverine will also receive 150 MW of wind energy from the new Deerfield Wind Energy project, located in Huron County, Mich., when it achieves commercial operation in late 2016.
‘Wind energy is an important element of Exelon's strategy to offer more low-carbon electricity in the marketplace. We're pleased to partner with Wolverine to provide clean energy to its members and to continue to grow our clean energy portfolio,’ says Corey Hessen, vice president, Exelon Generation Development. ‘The Michigan Wind 3 project allows us to expand our wind generation presence in Michigan, increasing our fleet capacity in the state to more than 550 MW."
Exelon says it owns and operates 47 wind projects in 10 states comprising 1.5 GW of generation. Six of those wind projects are located in Michigan and have a total capacity of more than 400 MW.