MPSC Approves DTE Energy Wind Project Contract

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The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved DTE Energy's $485 million contract with Tuscola Bay Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, for a 120 MW wind project in Michigan.

The project, which will be owned by NextEra Energy Resources, is in the engineering phase, with construction expected to start next year. DTE Energy will purchase all of the energy produced at the project, which is expected to be operational late next year.

NextEra Energy Resources expects a construction workforce of 250 to 275 people and 10 to 12 permanent employees.

The wind farm also represents a $250 million investment in the community that is expected to generate over 30 years $50 million in lease payments to landowners, $19 million in property taxes and $21 million in wages and benefits, according to DTE.

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