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First 5.4 MW of potential 40 MW at Lake Michigan without PTC

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A new entrant into the wind development business will build its first project at Little Sable Point on the shores of Lake Michigan, regardless of whether the US Congress extends the Production Tax Credit. Michigan Wind Energy LLC's Craig Brummels says the first 5.4 MW of a potential 40 MW project will go up as soon as the developer signs a power purchase agreement with a local municipality. Because a city is involved, the project is eligible for the federal Renewable Energy Production Incentive, which is roughly equivalent to the value of the PTC, but does not expire until 2003. Brummels says he has already completed the siting and permitting for his Golden Township Generating Station and once the transmission interconnection agreement with Consumers Energy is complete, he can begin installing six NEG Micon 900 kW turbines. Michigan Wind is also in talks with two unnamed utilities to provide renewable energy for their green power programs. The site has class four and five winds, says Brummels, and lays out in such a way that he can add turbines south to north to match the growth of the green programs.

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