Michigan Wind Farm Map

Michigan Wind Farm Map

The Michigan Wind Farm Map offers current, proposed and deferred or canceled projects in the state of Michigan.

Information is taken from both public and government reports from the Michigan Public Services Commission. This site is updated as information becomes available.

The Great Lakes Map of Wind Farms in Michigan




Map of wind turbines in Michigan last updated January 28, 2020

Michigan’s Upper Thumb Leads in Renewable Energy

Wind Turbine Cloud

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 2008.1

Michigan’s Thumb currently has 758 operating turbines producing 1368 MW of electricity. 68% of the total operating in the state.

Huron County has the largest installed wind energy base in the Great Lakes region.

The Upper Thumb region hosts a high-capacity, 140-mile electric transmission line.  This project is called the Thumb Loop, capable of carrying electricity or up to 2,800 wind turbines. 2 

Michigan Wind Energy Operational Stats

Michigan Wind Farm Map

As of 2019, Michigan has a total of 1,107 operational turbines producing 1,925 MW. Plans underway show a total of 1,224 turbines with 2,481 MW operational in 2020.

The Michigan Public Services Commission is currently tracking progress on 30 wind farm projects. Michigan produced 4.5% of its electricity needs from industrial wind operations in 2018.

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.

Michigan ranks 14th in the nation for installed wind turbines.

Wind energy has created between 2,000-3,000 jobs in Michigan.

There are at least 26 manufacturing facilities in Michigan producing components for the wind industry.

Michigan’s Thumb highest wind speeds occur from September through April averaging 12.4 miles per hour. The summer months from April through September are calmer with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.

Approximately $3.7 billion has been invested in wind energy projects in the state of Michigan.

While Michigan’s Thumb region leads the Great Lakes area with over 1368 MW of capacity, the latest completed projects in Mid-Michigan Gratiot County will host 400 turbines with 823.8 MW of capacity.

Top Three Wind Counties in Michigan

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Locate Michigan Wind Farms Near You

Michigan Wind Farms
The Echo Wind Farm is the Largest in Michigan

Currently, there are no ongoing tours available to the casual visitor. However, during special events like Cheeseburger in Caseville or the Harbor Beach Mariners Festival DTE has been known to host tours. Check the event directory for potential tours in the Upper Thumb.

Wind Energy Growth in the United States

U.S. Wind Capacity estimates up to 2020
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that new U.S. wind capacity projects over the next year will be near the annual record level of additions last set in 2012. Wind capacity additions in the United States through June 2019 totaled 3.7 gigawatts (GW). Wind projects reported to EIA through surveys and on EIA’s Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, operators expect another 8.5 GW to come online by the end of 2019, with an additional 14.3 GW by the end of 2020.

U.S. onshore wind capacity
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory
Note: Values given as nameplate capacity.

The cumulative U.S. established onshore wind capacity exceeded 100 gigawatts (GW) as of the end of September 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory. More than half of that amount has been installed since the beginning of 2012. The oldest wind turbines still operating in the United States came online as early as 1975.

Michigan No Longer Leads in Wind Energy

Top States for Wind Capacity 2020
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

By the end of September 2019, 41 states had at least one installed wind turbine. Texas had the most capacity installed, at 26.9 GW, followed by Iowa, Oklahoma, and Kansas. These four states accounted for half of the total U.S. installed wind capacity. It’s estimated that the United States would have about 122 GW of wind capacity by the end of 2020.

Detailed Michigan Wind Farm Pages

Specific details for each of the wind farms in the greater Thumb and Michigan area can be found in the links below.


How much energy is produced by wind power in the United States

As of 2019, the Us Department of Energy estimates that wind power supplies about 6% of total U.S. electricity generation. They further estimate that there are 80 gigawatts of industrial wind farms in production. That’s enough to power 24 million homes. The states with the highest production use of wind are Iowa and South Dakota with 30%, twelve other states have approximately 10% of total use.

How can I get a wind farm on my property?

Commercial wind farms are typically built by wind energy developers using private funding and financing. The Department of Energy noted that before a wind project starts, the developer will assess the wind resource at a particular site by collecting meteorological data, determining access to transmission lines, and review environmental and community impacts. Local zoning also places a huge factor in the ability to place a wind turbine on any property.

What is the total capacity of United States Wind Production?

It’s estimated that the United States would have about 122 GW of wind capacity by the end of 2020.

Related Reading

Michigan Wind Energy Infographic

Wind Energy in Michigan 2019 infographic
Michigan Wind Energy Infographic

Sources Consulted

  1. AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Online Wind Projects and Manufacturing Facilities
  2. http://archive.freep.com/article/20131020/FEATURES/310200073/Michigan-s-new-tourist-attraction-Like-them-not-wind-turbines
  3. Weatherspark.com
  4. “Map services and data are available from U.S. Wind Turbine Database, provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, American Wind Energy Association, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory via https://eerscmap.usgs.gov/uswtdb”.
  5. Michigan Public Services Commission – Report on the Implementation and Cost Effectiveness of the P.A. 295 Renewable Energy Standard February 15, 2019
  6. Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration

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65 thoughts on “Michigan Wind Farm Map”

  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

    • 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.

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

  3. 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.

      • 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.

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

  5. 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!

    • 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.

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

      • 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?

      • 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.

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

    • 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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

    • 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!!

    • 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

    • 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.

  14. 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.

  15. “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?

  16. 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.

    • 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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