DTE Energy picks GE for four wind projects in Michigan

With a total capacity of 220 MW of clean energy, the projects support Michigan's renewable portfolio standard, which mandates the state to produce 10 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2015

Atlanta, Ga., June 4, 2012 — GE won contracts to supply 137 wind turbines to DTE Energy for wind projects in lower Michigan.

With a total capacity of 220 MW of clean energy, the projects support Michigan's renewable portfolio standard, which mandates the state to produce 10 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2015.

GE is supplying DTE Energy with 69 advanced 1.6-100 wind turbines for its Sigel, Minden and McKinley projects and 68 1.6-100 units for its wind project in Chandler Township, adjacent to the McKinley site.

In the latter project, DTE Energy will file for approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission later this year. DTE Energy's total investment in these projects is $500 million.

Introduced last year, GE's 1.6-100 wind turbine is the world's most efficient wind turbine in its class. With blades and towers that extend 96 meters — equivalent to 32 building stories—the 1.6-100 captures additional wind energy in low wind speed sites.

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