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Topic: Renewable Energy

New Michigan transmission line to multiply wind capacity

Good read from Midwest Energy News
Michigan’s Thumb is tapped out when it comes to the ability to host new wind farms. The agricultural region of the state is home to two commercial-scale wind power developments, with a total of 72 turbines near Ubly and Elkton.

There’s plenty of room to build additional wind farms, but not enough capacity on the transmission grid to handle the power they could generate. Which is why a company called ITC Holdings Corp. is working on a $510 million Thumb Loop Project, to construct 140 miles of 345 kilovolt lines and four new substations across the Thumb, through Tuscola, Huron, Sanilac and St. Clair counties.

Think of it as a pipeline that carries renewable energy.

The system, due to be in operation by 2015, will be capable of supporting up to 5,000 megawatts of capacity, or more than 2,800 additional wind turbines.

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