Michigan Wind Farms

Michigan Wind Farm Map

Michigan Wind Farms 2018

Last updated September 28, 2018

Michigan’s Upper Thumb Leads in Renewable Energy

  • The first wind turbine installed in the Upper Thumb was at Laker Elementary School near Pigeon in 2005. 1
  • The first industrial wind farms were Harvest Wind near Elkton and Michigan Wind 1 near Ubly. Both came online in 2008. 2
  • Michigan’s Upper Thumb currently has 472 operating turbines or 43% of total operating in the state.
  • Huron County has the largest installed wind energy base in the Great Lakes region.
  • The Upper Thumb region also hosts a high-capacity, 140-mile electric transmission line called the Thumb Loop, capable of carrying electricity or up to 2,800 wind turbines.

Michigan Wind Energy Operational Stats

    • As of February 2018, Michigan has a total of 1,032 operational turbines producing 1,881 MW. Plans underway show 1,084 turbines with 2,161 MW operational in 2018.
    • The Michigan Public Services Commission is currently tracking progress on 30 wind farm projects. 
    • Michigan produced 4.6% of its electricity needs from industrial wind operations in 2016.
    • In 2015 all of Michigan’s electric providers met – or exceeded – the 10 percent renewable energy standard set by the Michigan legislature. 
    • Michigan’s new renewable standard will increase to 12.5 percent in 2019 and 2020 and 15 percent in 2021, as required by Public Act 342. 

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Sources Consulted

1, 2 – AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Online Wind Projects and Manufacturing Facilities

3 – http://archive.freep.com/article/20131020/FEATURES/310200073/Michigan-s-new-tourist-attraction-Like-them-not-wind-turbines

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67 thoughts on “Michigan Wind Farm Map”

    1. Brenda,
      DTE plans to build 70 this year an has plans for at lease 100 more in lower Michigan over the next two years.

  1. I have a cabin on lake Huron in Oscoda and can see a row of red lights on a clear night,
    Could it be possible these are wind farms in the thumb

    1. Yes that’s exactly what your seeing. By next year you may see up to 200 more turbines. Thanks for your observation.

      1. From where we are at we look north toward you. There are frees behind us so we don’t see the turbines. I’m sure they are visible to you and at Tawas.

  2. Do you know the location of the wind farms in the Consumers Energy Cross Winds Project planned for Huron County?

    1. Crosswinds Energy Park will be located in Tuscola county in Michigan’s Thumb. Consumers Energy plans to locate the the wind turbines for 150 MW project in Columbia and Akron Townships.

  3. Do you know the location of the wind farms in the Consumer’s Energy Cross Winds project planned for Huron County?

  4. I work on the beach at Tawas Point State Park, on clear days I too see the turbines offshore, can you tell me the name of the wind farm that appears offshore in Tawas? I was assuming that what I see was near Caseville.

      1. Thanks for the info.
        On the clearest of days you can just make out the tops of the turbines…if I remember right, the curvature of the earth allows us to see around 8 miles…it would be a fun trip to kiteboard out there and back.

  5. I’m moving to Deford soon. I’m interested in employment, in support of the wind farms. Where can I find job postings?!

  6. Sorry, I misunderstood the intent of your site. I thought you supported wind farms. Please feel free to NOT post my earlier comment. But, I would be interested in hearing more of your thoughts about how wind farms are spoiling The Thumb. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jim, I neither support nor oppose wind development in the thumb. I have been very critical of how the initial development was handled. It was a land rush by energy companies and land owners who hoped to cash in. Now local government is wiser and taking a step back to assess the damage and draft new regulations.

      On the plus side, renewable energy is a requirement for a sustainable future. I wholeheartedly support wise implementation and use of wind and solar.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      1. This is clearly disingenuous. Mr. ThumbWind, you evidently have an anti-wind stance. Stating otherwise is telling.

      2. I’m sorry you feel this way. As a life long resident and taxpayer in Huron County I feel there has to be healthy skepticism about what DTE and others are telling the community. Nothing wrong with that. Don’t you agree?

      3. It’s not a question of how I feel. Your statements on the matter are evidence enough “in favor of turning this land into a Green-Zone example for industrial energy production and a corporate farming enterprise that only pollutes and spoils the Tip-o’ the Thumb.”

        You can characterize it as “healthy skepticism” or whatever else you like but it’s just NIBY plan and simple.

        I took my wife and children on a “color tour” today. We visited http://www.johnsonsgiantpumpkins.net/ as well as stopped for lunch at a local eatery and bought some grocers for the drive around the Tuscola Bay Wind Farm. We put around $200 into the local economy…..because the

        After driving thru the are between M81 and M25 for over 5 hours I can tell you a few things.

        1)Wind turbine are massive. With the right vantage point you can see them from miles away. With the wrong vantage point (even within a mile) the entire Farm of over 75 turbine can be invisible.
        2)With winds in the 20mph range today the noise from dry standing corn made it so I couldn’t hear the turbines. Passing cars were many times louder. This wind turbines are basically silent.
        3)Almost no one lives in the area were these turbines are in operation. The houses in the area are for the most part a mile or more apart. Lots of Corn and Soy Bean very few people. I would guess the peak population density anywhere I drove today(that was within a mile of a Turbine)was under 50 people per square mile. Most of the area was probably 10 or under with some 0 in there.
        4)Wind Turbines at first glance are a very rare example of form and function peaking a pinnacle together.

        We will be going back, farther north to see more of the development and other sights in the thumb…..that I have only been to once before……after living near Detroit for 30 years and in Michigan my whole life…….

        I also find it noteworthy that clearing the land and planting massive mono cultures for sale down state is fine…in-fact the basis of the entire economy in the area…but Wind Turbines to make power to sell down state is looked upon negatively by some.

  7. Love seeing windmills, Can you tell the best hwys, in the thumb area to view them. Traveling with in a week from US23 north.

    1. You have got to take the back/dirt roads … and then you will only see the smaller turbines that have been built. Nothing like the 499 plus footers that will be built … on “flat”land .. small turbines “nestled” amongst hilly land is no more than a deception to get you to fall for the monstrosities that are to follow.

  8. I’m interested in the positives and negatives of wind turbines. I think they are beautiful in a sleek kind of way. But I don’t have to live near them. And one of my birder friends says they are deadly to migrating birds, yet another says they can be placed out of migrating paths and are not deadly to birds. Confusing.

    PS: Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  9. In the last few weeks I have seen a number of trucks hauling turbines west on M12 . Where are they headed?

  10. Could you tell me how many turbines are going up on Schott Road in Dwight township in Huron County, Mi

  11. I continue to see wind mills being trucked west on US-12 through Saline, Clinton and to US-127. I am not sure where they go after that. That is as far as I have followed them. Have you determined where these might be going?

  12. I am bringing a group of 20 university students on a civic engagement/career exploration trip around Michigan and would like to know if anyone can provide me direct contact info to request a wind farm tour in the thumb area of Michigan? If so, please email it to me at careercenter@ferris.edu

    1. Michele..DTE has conducted tours during the summer months. I would think that Ferris would be a welcome visitor. I will try to make contact with the local DTE staff to close the loop for you. What dates are you thinking?

  13. there are a number of windmills just east of 127, north of lansing…… sorry I can’t be more specific with directions. I almost wrecked my car trying to look at them as I drove north past them.

  14. FUCK WIND TURBINES!!! I bought a house on Lake Huron for the view, and it is being WRECKED by UGLY wind turbines…I am trying to start a class action suit against them!!!!

    1. I have been pro renewable energy for quite some time however those turbines are enormous, ugly and a complete distraction they ruin the landscape, they look like something out of HG Wells War of the Worlds, very little has been spent on experimentation with fusion which could provide an entirely new form of clean energy

    1. Energy companies conduct studies for placement of wind turbines in specific areas. This is overlaid on maps showing structures, zoning and restricted areas such as homes and schools. The result is a patch work of land area in which owners can be offered a lease. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. We have a cottage on Lake Huron in Tawas City. Most nights, we can see a line of flashing red lights on the lake’s horizon. First time I saw them, I didn’t know what to make of it — especially since they all flash in unison. I’d be interested in the reason for that, since there must have been some additional cost to make that happen. If the wind farm is near Sebawaing as you say, that’s around 34 miles across the bay. By the way, on and around the 4th of July we can also see fireworks displays taking place in the thumb across the bay. I imagine folks in the thumb can do the same.

  16. “Plans underway show 1,151 turbines with 2,132 MW operational at the end of 2016.” A nearly doubling in turbine count? Where? Do you have some information to support this claim?

  17. There is a windmill park scheduled to be built in 2017 in southern Sanilac county. Fremont and Speaker townships are supposed to get between 75 and 100 windmills. Land has been leased.

    1. Once built the wind farms employ about 5-10 people to manage several farms. They are all monitored remotely. They are specially skilled specific to the turbine type and project.

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