Wind energy expanding in Michigan

Source: By WZZM • Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2015

(WZZM) — Michigan’s use of wind energy is expanding.

Enough turbines are expected to go up this year around the state, including in Mason County, to produce 250 megawatts.

The American Wind Energy Association’s Susan Williams Sloan said wind is a low-cost, reliable energy option and will play a larger part in Michigan’s energy plan going forward.

“Michigan has done a good job in setting a realistic goal for using renewable energy,” she said. “They’ve proven that it can work. They’ve proven that it can be good for consumers, and have been studying it for the past few years.”

Grid operators have so far been able to effectively use weather forecasts to track wind patterns and can take advantage of large amounts of wind.