Pine River Wind Park only produces electricity 36% of the time

July 12, 2019 |    FONT SIZE: 75% 125%

 By Aaron Lehman  

Michigan industrial wind projects only have an annual capacity factor of 36%. This means that, on average, they only produce electricity 36% of the time, or about 8.5 hours each day. DTE claims that Pine River can provide power to 54,000 Michigan homes. But the company can reliably serve those homes only if it has other energy sources to provide electricity during the 64% of the time when the wind isn’t blowing, or is blowing too hard. 

Read more at: Mackinac Center for Public Policy