[Last Updated: 1/3/2012 4:30:05 PM]
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ed Rice, Executive Director, Traverse City Light & Power
Phone: (231) 932-4559 or E-mail: ERice@tclp.org
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L&P to Receive Electricity from First of Five New Wind Turbines
(Traverse City, Michigan) — The first of five wind turbines being built at a wind farm near Cadillac for the purpose of generating electricity for Traverse City Light & Power (L&P), will be officially dedicated next Wednesday, June 23rd at a ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) will purchase all electric generation output annually, along with the renewable energy credits, generated by the five new wind turbines with a total capacity of 10,000 kilowatts (kW) at Heritage Stoney Corners Wind Farm I over the next 20 years. The approximate 22,000,000 kilowatt hour (kWhr) annual generation will be over twice the combined generation of theGrandTraverseCounty andTraverse City owned hydroelectric dam facilities, when they were operating. Later this fall, when all five wind turbines are operating, L&P will have the highest percentage of wind generation to total generation of any utility inMichigan.
According to L&P, the purchase of this additional wind power will help L&P meet state-mandated legislation enacted in 2008 (Public Act 295) that requires all of Michigan’s electric utilities to provide 10% of electrical generation through renewable
sources by 2015. L&P has set its own goal of obtaining 30% renewable electrical generation by 2020.
“We are very pleased to add more green energy to our electric power generation portfolio,” said Mike Coco, chairman of the L&P board. “This represents a quantum leap forward with wind power generation since Light and Power pioneered the country’s first utility grade wind turbine back in 1996 along M-72. However, ratepayers should keep in mind that wind energy must be backed-up with constant output power sources such as coal, natural gas or biomass. Wednesday’s dedication signals Light and Power’s continuing commitment to renewable energy and our commitment to utilizing a mix of power generation resources that will ensure safe, reliable power generation for years to come.”
The new wind turbines will be 328 feet tall, 168 feet taller than L&P’s M-72 wind turbine. Also, each new wind turbine generator is rated at 2,000 kW of electrical power compared to the 600 kW at the M-72 location.
All five wind turbines are expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of this year.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.