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E-M:/ Energy company seeking leases for wind turbines

Energy company seeking leases for wind turbines

2/2/2008, 5:15 p.m. ET

The Associated Press



STANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Wind could someday be generating electricity in Houghton County in western Upper Michigan.

Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC has been securing leases from property owners along a ridge in the central part of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Traverse City-based company hopes to be able to lease 2,000 to 3,000 acres, then begin testing the area's wind potential.

Project coordinator Rick Wilson says the company proposes erecting three-bladed upwind turbines, but more analysis is needed. He tells The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton that the power generated by the turbines would be sold on the electricity market.

Wilson says lessors will receive royalty payments for the power generated by turbines on their land if the wind farm is developed.