MPSC Approves Detroit Edison Wind Energy Purchase

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Detroit Edison's largest contract to purchase renewable energy has been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), setting in motion a 20-year agreement with Invenergy Wind that will result in 200 MW of new wind energy in Michigan.

The agreement, which represents a $1.1 billion commitment to renewable energy by Detroit Edison, paves the way for Invenergy Wind to install and operate a 30,000-acre wind farm near Breckenridge in Gratiot County, Mich.

The new wind farm will consist of 125 1.6 MW GE turbines and is expected to be operational by late 2011.

‘The Gratiot County wind facility will benefit both the local community and Detroit Edison customers,’ says Michael Polsky, Invenergy Wind president and CEO. ‘We're excited about partnering with Detroit Edison and helping to create more jobs in the renewable energy industry to boost Michigan's economy.’

Construction, expected to start late this year, is planned to employ more than 150 workers. In addition, 15 local full-time jobs servicing the turbines will be created and housed in an on-site operations and maintenance facility complemented by local vendors to maintain the turbines and the project's infrastructure, according to Detroit Edison.

SOURCE: Detroit Edison

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