Currently over 10% of Traverse City Light & Power’s electric generation comes from renewable sources. That percentage is expected to increase to 14% by the year 2015.
TCL&P receives its renewable energy from the following sources:
In 1996, TCL&P became the first Michigan municipal electric utility to install a utility scale wind turbine. At the time of construction, with a blade diameter of 144 feet on a 160-foot tower, it was the largest operating wind turbine in the country. It produces about 600,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, which can power approximately 110 homes.
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TCL&P is purchasing the electric generation from five two megawatt wind turbines near Cadillac. These wind turbines stand 328 feet tall and have a blade diameter of 303 feet.
TCL&P and the other municipal members of the Michigan Public Power Agency are purchasing energy from several facilities in southern Michigan.