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
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
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
Locate Michigan Wind Farms Near You
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
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.
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
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.
- Apple Blossom Wind Farm
- Beebe Community Wind Farm
- Cross Winds Energy Parks (I, II, III)
- Michigan Wind 1
- Michigan Wind 2
- Thumb Wind Park Sigel
- Tuscola Bay Wind I
- Deerfield Wind Farm
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.
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.
It’s estimated that the United States would have about 122 GW of wind capacity by the end of 2020.
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Michigan Wind Energy Infographic
- AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Online Wind Projects and Manufacturing Facilities
- “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”.
- Michigan Public Services Commission – Report on the Implementation and Cost Effectiveness of the P.A. 295 Renewable Energy Standard February 15, 2019
- Today in Energy – U.S. Energy Information Administration