DTE's new wind park to power 54,000 Michigan homes with clean energy

DTE Energy Pine River Wind Park
Posted at 7:51 AM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 12:59:49-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — DTE Energy announced Friday that its newest wind park is now operational.

The Pine River wind park, located in Gratiot and Isabella counties, is expected to generate enough clean energy to power more than 54,000 homes.

With 65 turbines, Pine River is the largest wind park in Michigan.

According to DTE, the park will help the company's goal of reducing carbon emissions by offsetting "nearly 300,000 metric tons of CO2 annually -- the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking more than 63,000 cars off the road for a year."

"DTE was among the first energy companies in the nation to announce a broad sustainability initiative consistent with what scientists say is necessary to address climate change globally and do it in a way that maintains affordability and reliability for our customers," said Gerry Anderson, chairman and CEO, DTE Energy. "Bringing Pine River online is helping us meet the commitment we've made to our customers while contributing to the health of Michigan's economy. It is our next step in continuing the fundamental transformation of the way we generate power in Michigan, while maintaining our focus on reliability and affordability."

The project supported 250 jobs during construction and drew from 22 different Michigan companies.

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