Black & Veatch is supporting DTE Energy as owner’s engineer in the development and design of multiple wind energy projects in the “Thumb region” on the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The first 109 megawatts of power came on line in 2012, and another 110 MW was added in 2013. DTE Energy has a total of 600 MW of wind power in the development pipeline.
Black & Veatch performed the initial siting study that identified the area around Huron County as the most feasible for wind energy development in DTE’s service territory. The company assisted DTE in developing a strategy for wind resource monitoring and land easements, and coordinated the installation and operation of multiple meteorological towers. The data from these towers generated monthly updates to DTE that provided timely information for analysis.
Black & Veatch obtained data on the constraints for wind turbines due to telecommunications and aviation. The company was able to use all available data to estimate project production with various types of turbine designs.
An initial geotechnical investigation was also conducted. To help understand site conditions, soil samples and borings were taken at development area locations to characterize likely foundation requirements and costs.
Black & Veatch also supported DTE in some public outreach activities, including landowner meetings and presentations. In addition, acoustic consulting for noise issues was supplied to DTE.