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Newest and largest DTE wind farm begins operation

A wind turbine above a barn

DTE Energy's Pine River wind park became operational this week. The utility now has 14 wind parks and 31 solar projects in Michigan.

Dave Harwood is with DTE. He says Pine River is the latest addition to DTE's renewable energy porftolio. "Here in Michigan we're doing our part to transition our generating fleet from fossil fuels to renewable sources," says Harwood.

The new wind park is located in Gratiot and Isabella counties. Harwood says its turbines are visible from US-127 between Alma and Mount Pleasant. 

Pine River is the largest operating wind park in Michigan. It has 65 turbines and will produce enough clean energy to power more than 54,000 homes. According to DTE, the park will offset 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking 63,000 cars off the road.

DTE is investing in wind parks and solar energy as part of its goal to reduce carbon emissions by more than eighty percent by 2050. More information about that initiative is available at Journeyto80.com.

DTE is a corporate sponsor of Michigan Radio.

Catherine Shaffer joined Michigan Radio in 2014. She works in the newsroom and specializes in stories related to the life sciences, health, and technology. Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and a Master’s from University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan Radio, Catherine has worked as a freelance writer, mainly in focusing on biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, since 2001. She is also an award-winning fiction writer. When not at work, Catherine enjoys being in the outdoors and practicing yoga.
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