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MPSC Approves Part of DTE Electric Renewable Energy Plan

Power News - Published on Tue, 23 Jul 2019

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Michigan Public Service Commission approved in part DTE Electric Co’s renewable energy plan, including the purchase of three Michigan wind power projects. The Commission said a decision on proposed future renewable energy development will be made as part of its disposition of DTE’s pending integrated resource plan. Utilities are required to file renewable energy plans with the MPSC under statutes that promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy resources and reduce energy waste through cost-effective programs. DTE filed its current REP in March 2018 (Case No. U-18232).

The Commission approved DTE’s purchase of three wind projects that will qualify for a 100% federal Production Tax Credit, and resulting in savings the MPSC says will benefit ratepayers. DTE will buy the Isabella 1 and Isabella 2 projects after they are built and tested by developer Isabella Wind. The proposed generators in Isabella County will produce a total of 383 megawatts and will be operational by November 2020. DTE also will buy from Gichi Noodin Wind Farm LLC the 72.5 MW Fairbanks Wind Park in Delta County, which will be built by October 2020. Power from all three wind farms will be used to meet demand in DTE’s Large Customer Voluntary Green Pricing program.

The Commission said DTE failed to prove that proposed company-owned wind projects to be built in 2021 or later, and which do not qualify for the full federal tax credit, can be cost-effective compared to alternative sources of renewable generation and ownership models. The additional wind projects will be reviewed as part of DTE’s integrated resource plan, which is a comprehensive look at supply-side resources needed to meet power generation needs.

DTE will also launch two pilot solar programs paired with battery storage, microgrid technology, and/or electric vehicle charging totaling about 15 megawatts. It must file reports with the MPSC on program costs, planning and development status, lessons learned, and how the pilots will add value for future solar developments.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 23 Jul 2019
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