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. 3
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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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