ATLANTA, GA. — GE (NYSE: GE) has received contracts to supply 137 wind turbines to DTE Energy for wind projects in lower Michigan. With a total capacity of 220 megawatts 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 announced the deals Monday at the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.
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 a 32-story building — the 1.6-100 captures additional wind energy in low wind speed sites. The 1.6-100 offers a 47 percent increase in swept area over previous megawatt-class models, resulting in a 19 percent increase in annual energy production over previous models at wind speeds of 7.5 meters per second.
“We’re looking forward to working with GE and its wind turbine technology,” said Irene Dimitry, DTE Energy executive director for energy efficiency and renewables. “The contract with GE also provides the benefit of having the same technology platform on all four wind parks.”
“GE and DTE Energy have a long standing working history. We are very pleased to now partner with DTE on renewable technology in this next phase of our relationship,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE.
DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects and energy trading.
More about GE at www.ge.com. GE Energy has more than 100,000 employees in more than 100 countries and operates in technologies including natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear energy; wind, solar, biogas and water processing; energy management; and grid modernization.