Duke Energy Renewable Services partnered with DTE Energy Company via a five-year service agreement to operate and maintain DTE's seven wind parks totaling 400MW. The fully operational wind projects consist of 247 1.6- and 1.7-MW GE turbines located in Gratiot, Sanilac and Huron counties, Michigan. The projects began operation in 2013.
In addition to providing operations and maintenance services, Duke Energy Renewable Services began supplying 24/7 remote monitoring and balance-of-plant management in January 2016. Duke Energy's Renewable Energy Monitoring Center uses powerful and secure technology to increase the performance and reliability of wind and solar power plants across the country.
"We are pleased to offer value to DTE Energy with our experienced boots on the ground as well as our sophisticated monitoring center," said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables and Commercial Portfolio. "DTE Energy shares in our commitment to safe and efficient operations, which ensures a beneficial partnership for years to come."
"DTE Energy is Michigan's largest investor in renewable energy, and wind energy accounts for 95 percent of our renewable portfolio," said Dave Harwood, DTE Energy's director of Renewable Energy. "Wind energy plays a key role in delivering reliable, affordable and clean energy to DTE customers. We are confident that the expertise and knowledge Duke Energy Renewable Services brings to our team will help us further optimize our wind park operations."
Duke Energy Renewable Services will provide its deep experience operating wind assets and increasing customer's energy yield during times of high electricity demand.
"We are looking forward to ensuring successful operations for DTE Energy," said Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewable Operations. "Leveraging our operational experience and buying power will allow us to optimize the performance of DTE Energy's Michigan wind projects, resulting in greater service value."