Wind energy systems use the wind to turn a set of aerodynamic blades attached to an electric generator or turbine. When the wind blows, the blades turn, spinning a shaft that creates electricity in a generator. Wind turbines that are being manufactured have power ratings ranging from 250 to 2,000,000 watts (2 MW).
For example, Traverse City Light and Power has a 600 kW (600,000 watts) wind generator that provides power for approximately 200 households. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has estimated that Michigan has a potential for development of 16, 560 MW.
Large Off-Shore Wind Information
Local Wind Energy News Articles
- Detroit Free Press: Wind Turbines Propel Michigan Closer to 2015 Renewable Energy Goal (February 17, 2014)
- Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s largest wind farm starting to take shape (July 10, 2011)
- MLive: Proposed wind farms details to be discussed during Muskegon County Planning Session (July 9, 2011)
- The Grand Rapids Press: Wind Turbine Policies Need Revisiting, Michigan State Researchers Say (Friday, July 1, 2011)
- The Bay City Times: Saginaw Valley plans Advanced Energy Storage conference on June 3rd (Monday, April 26, 2010)
- The Bay City Times: Michigan Wind Energy Conference showcases Saginaw Bay area projects (Thursday, April 22, 2010)
- The Bay City Times: Bay County to install wind turbines, run solar-powered golf carts (Friday, March 26, 2010)
- The Bay City Times: Delta College to offer wind turbine technology degree (Wednesday, April 15, 2009)
- The Bay City Times: Bay County businesses jockeying for spot in growing renewable energy industries (Monday, January 26, 2009)