Exelon Wind’s Michigan Wind 2 Project, located in Minden City, Mich., has completed construction and has entered into commercial operation. The 50 wind turbine,s 90 megawatt (MW) wind farm is the first commercial wind power project developed by Exelon Wind.
"We’re excited to bring Michigan Wind 2 online," said David Drescher, vice president of Wind Energy for Exelon Power. "The clean generation from this project will help Michigan meet its renewable energy goals, it will provide clean energy for over 30,000 homes and brings significant economic benefits to the local community," added Drescher. Over the first 20 years, Michigan Wind 2 will generate over $12 millionof revenue to the area through local tax payments.
The completion of Michigan Wind 2 brings Exelon Wind’s total generation in Michigan to 212 MWs, maintaining Exelon Wind as the largest wind farm operator in the state by MWs generated. The project is located southeast of the already operational 46 turbine Michigan Wind 1 Project in northern Sanilac andHuron counties. Exelon Wind also operates Harvest I Wind in Elkton, Mich. In early 2012, Exelon Wind will begin construction on Harvest II Wind, a 59.4 MW project in nearby Pigeon, Mich.
Exelon Wind is a division of Exelon Power, which owns and operates Exelon’s renewable, hydroelectric and fossil power plants. Consumers Energy, based in Jackson, Mich., is purchasing the output from Michigan Wind 2 through a 20-year renewable energy purchase agreement.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with more than $18 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 490,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.