Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a significant power purchase agreement between Consumers Energy and Traverse City-based Heritage Sustainable Energy that will result in the first large-scale production of utility-scale wind turbines fully made in Michigan.  The agreement was celebrated by the parties, together with wind turbine manufacturer Northern Power Systems and key supplier Merrill Technologies Group.

“Development of the wind energy sector is a key piece of Michigan’s strategy to diversify our economy and create clean energy jobs,” said Governor Granholm.  “The agreement announced today helps to solidify the state’s emerging leadership in this industry.”

Northern Power Systems will build the direct drive wind turbines in its Saginaw, Michigan facility where it will employ up to 137 workers by 2014. Read More