Michigan: We’re No. 2

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Michigan ad from Chicago wind conference

No, not that No. 2. This is a good digit for the Great Lakes State.

The American Wind Energy Association, fondly known as AWEA, has named Michigan the nation’s second-fastest growing state for new wind capacity for 2009. And we’re also the fourth-best place in the country for producing wind energy and making turbines, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

AWEA invited Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, an alternative energy cheerleader, to speak at a recent conference in Chicago (The Windy City). Shortly after her speech, Blues Traveler played.

Greg Main, the top guy at the Michigan Economic Development Corp., says Michigan has an industrial base with the capacity to support 24,000 wind-energy jobs.

Michigan has seen rapid growth in wind generation in recent years, going from a state with two commercial windmills to one with two commercial wind farms, and plans for more.

Companies making small-scale turbines also are popping up. And state utilities are making moves to meet a 10 percent by 2015  renewable portfolio standard. A top generator, Consumers Energy, is at about 5 percent. A national standard of 25 percent by 2025 may be next.

Indiana, by the way, is No. 1 when it comes to wind energy growth.

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