Michigan’s Upper Thumb currently has 443 operating turbines with 29 more expected to be completed in 2017. Huron county has the largest installed wind energy base in the Great Lakes region. This represents 16% of the total potential estimated plan of the greater Thumb area playing host to over 2,800 wind turbines. The first phase was completed of a high-capacity, 140-mile electric transmission line called the Thumb Loop. It is capable of carrying electricity linked from the planned 2,800 wind turbines. 1
Michigan has a total of 883 operational turbines producing 1,523 MW. Plans underway show 1,151 turbines with 2,132 MW operational in 2017.