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Duke Energy to operate and maintain 400MW of wind parks in US

Published 08 February 2016

Duke Energy Renewable Services will operate and maintain DTE Energy's wind parks totaling 400MW, under a five-year service agreement.

Located in Gratiot, Sanilac and Huron counties, Michigan, the wind parks with 247 units of 1.6 and 1.7MW GE turbines have been operating since 2013.

The company has been providing 24/7 remote monitoring and balance-of-plant management for the wind power generating facilities since January this year.

Duke Energy renewable operations vice president Jeff Wehner said:"Leveraging our operational experience and buying power will allow us to optimize the performance of DTE Energy's Michigan wind projects, resulting in greater service value."

Duke Energy said that its renewable energy monitoring center uses powerful and secure technology to increase the performance and reliability of wind and solar power plants across the country.

DTE Energy renewable energy director Dave Harwood said: "DTE Energy is Michigan's largest investor in renewable energy, and wind energy accounts for 95 percent of our renewable portfolio.

"Wind energy plays a key role in delivering reliable, affordable and clean energy to DTE customers. We are confident that the expertise and knowledge Duke Energy Renewable Services brings to our team will help us further optimize our wind park operations."

Meanwhile, Duke Energy is contemplating plans to divest its international energy business unit that operates power plants totaling 4,400MW across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru.

The company's 25% equity investment in National Methanol Company, a Saudi Arabian regional producer of methanol and methyl tertiary butyl ether, will not be included in this potential transaction.