2013 Michigan Energy Fair

As soon as you cross into Mason County on US-31 northbound, you can see the Lake Winds Energy Park. Photos by Matt Roush, WWJ Newsradio 950.
2013 energy fair 1 As soon as you cross into Mason County on US-31 northbound, you can see the Lake Winds Energy Park. Photos by Matt Roush, WWJ Newsradio 950.
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Doug Houseman of Nashville, Tenn.-based EnerNex Corp. talks about the future of our power grid.
2013 energy fair 3 Doug Houseman of Nashville, Tenn.-based EnerNex Corp. talks about the future of our power grid.
Ann Arbor-based Current Motors was selling its zippy little electric motor scooters at the Michigan Energy Fair.
2013 energy fair 4 Ann Arbor-based Current Motors was selling its zippy little electric motor scooters at the Michigan Energy Fair.
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2013 energy fair 5
Late afternoon on Lake Michigan at Stearns Park in Ludington.
2013 energy fair 6 Late afternoon on Lake Michigan at Stearns Park in Ludington.
The Ludington breakwall and lighthouse.
2013 energy fair 7 The Ludington breakwall and lighthouse.
Manistee city park on Lake Michigan
2013 energy fair 8 Manistee city park on Lake Michigan
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Sunset Friday, June 7, I Frankifort.
2013 energy fair 13 Sunset Friday, June 7, I Frankifort.
The information display on top of Consumers Power Co.'s Ludington Pumped Storage Facility, a mammoth two mile long, one mile wide man made lake that's used to create artificial hydropower to meet peak power demand. Water is pumped from Lake Michigan up into the "lake" at night, when demand is low. When peaks are reached during the day, the water is released back into Lake Michigan, turning turbines and generating electricity.
2013 energy fair 14 The information display on top of Consumers Power Co.'s Ludington Pumped Storage Facility, a mammoth two mile long, one mile wide man made lake that's used to create artificial hydropower to meet peak power demand. Water is pumped from Lake Michigan up into the "lake" at night, when demand is low. When peaks are reached during the day, the water is released back into Lake Michigan, turning turbines and generating electricity.
The city of Ludington and its harbor from the overview of the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant.
2013 energy fair 15 The city of Ludington and its harbor from the overview of the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant.
The edge of Consumers Power Co.'s Ludington Pumped Storage Plant with Lake Michigan, 400 feet above the level of the big lake.
2013 energy fair 16 The edge of Consumers Power Co.'s Ludington Pumped Storage Plant with Lake Michigan, 400 feet above the level of the big lake.
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Looking across the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant -- it's a mile to the other side -- with the Lake Winds Energy Park turbines farther east.
2013 energy fair 18 Looking across the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant -- it's a mile to the other side -- with the Lake Winds Energy Park turbines farther east.
The view of the path from the top.
2013 energy fair 19 The view of the path from the top.
Don't know what these are called, but they were in bloom throughout the walk up 300-plus feet to the top of the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant, perfuming the air.
2013 energy fair 20 Don't know what these are called, but they were in bloom throughout the walk up 300-plus feet to the top of the Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant, perfuming the air.
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The Lake Winds Energy Park.
2013 energy fair 28 The Lake Winds Energy Park.
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Up close and personal with a 1.6-megawatt wind turbine.
2013 energy fair 30 Up close and personal with a 1.6-megawatt wind turbine.
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