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New wind farm planned for Isabella and Gratiot counties

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A new project will bring 65 new wind turbines to Gratiot and Isabella county.

The project, called the Pine River Wind Park, is expected to begin construction in early 2018.

The project is part of DTE’s goal of reaching Michigan’s energy standard of fifteen percent renewable energy by 2021.

Dave Harwood is the Director of Renewable Energy at DTE. He said the project is a partnership between DTE and Invenergy Wind, an energy construction company.

“Invenergy is going to build the project, take it through start up and commercial operation at which point DTE is going to purchase the park sometime late 2018.”

Harwood said the project will help edge them closer to the fifteen percent standard.

“We’re at about ten and a half right now. This will add another percent or so, this will bring us to about eleven and a half.”

Earlier this month Huron county residents voted down a DTE turbine construction project.

Harwood said he has no concerns about Isabella and Gratiot county residents opposing the park's construction.