DTE Energy and Invenergy have announced the commercial operation of the Pine River wind project, located in Gratiot and Isabella counties in central Michigan.
Invenergy developed, built and transferred the Pine River project to DTE as a part of the Detroit-based energy company’s growing renewable portfolio. Pine River is the third project Invenergy has developed for DTE and the 14th wind project in DTE’s Michigan portfolio.
“Invenergy is proud to work with DTE to bring more cost-effective renewable energy online,” states Mick Baird, senior vice president of renewable development at Invenergy. “This project builds on a history of successful partnerships between Invenergy, DTE and Michigan communities to solve the challenge of delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy to customers.”
With 65 turbines generating 161.3 MW, Pine River is the largest operating wind project in Michigan, according to the partners. The project is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 54,000 Michigan homes and offset 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
“Developing more renewable energy resources is a key part of our business strategy and our commitment to reduce carbon emissions more than 80 percent by 2050,” says Irene Dimitry, DTE’s vice president of business strategy and development. “Projects like Pine River demonstrate our commitment to provide our customers with cleaner energy while maintaining our focus on reliability and affordability for our customers.”
By 2022, DTE expects to generate enough energy from renewable resources to power more than 800,000 homes.