New DTE Electric PPAs for Wind Energy
Two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) between DTE Electric and Pheasant Run Wind, LLC and Pheasant Run Wind II, LLC received ex parte approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on May 15, 2013. Each PPA is for 74.8 MW of wind energy for projects in Michigan’s Thumb region. Also approved was an option agreement wherein DTE Electric can purchase the Pheasant Run Wind II project. This option expires on March 31, 2014. These contracts resulted from unsolicited proposals from Next Era Resources on a timetable which would qualify for production tax credit benefits. The price in each PPA is “up to” $49.25 per MW hour (4.925¢ kWh). The average net capacity factor is estimated to be 43%. Geronimo Energy LLC attempted to intervene at the MPSC, arguing that its 100 MW Apple Blossom Wind Project in Huron County was a competing proposal that would pass through the same tax benefit. Its request that DTE Electric be made to undertake a competitive bidding process was rejected and its petition was denied.
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