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The Detroit Edison Co. has entered into a $90 million, 20-year agreement with a Michigan-based wind power company to purchase wind power and renewable energy credits, reports Crain’s Detroit Business

The agreement with Heritage Sustainable Energy

is the first that Detroit Edison has signed, following the passage of

Michigan’s energy law last fall that requires electric utilities to

provide 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015, says

the company.

Heritage Sustainable Energy, which is headquartered in Traverse

City, plans to install seven or eight large-scale wind turbines at a

wind farm near Cadillac. Detroit Edison says the wind turbines will be

capable of producing about 15 megawatts of renewable energy, and are

expected to be operational by late 2009.

To meet the state’s renewable portfolio standard, Detroit Edison

expects to add about 1,200 megawatts of renewable power. The company

also says it plans to contract with third-party producers, like

Heritage, for half of that capacity, and to own renewable energy

projects to meet the remainder.

DTE Energy, parent company

of Detroit Edison, expects the majority of its renewable energy to come

from wind resources. The company has acquired easements on more than

60,000 acres of land in Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb region for

development of large-scale wind farms. It also has proposed two solar

energy pilot projects that could produce about 20 megawatts of power.

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