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The three customer owned electric utilities in Delta County are capable of providing renewable energy to meet potential demand. Through WPPI Energy’s power supply, the energy portfolios of the City of Gladstone and Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association are currently comprised of 14% renewable energy, well ahead of the Michigan standard of 10% by 2015.

The City of Gladstone Department of Power & Light and Alger Delta Electric offer incentives for the installation of renewable energy projects, such as solar panels or wind turbines, as well as net metering capabilities for businesses using wind, geothermal, biomass, solar or hydroelectrical power. Net metering calculates the flow of electricity in two directions, providing the business with a credit of the net excess generated at the utility’s price rate if a system is 20KW or less. The system must meet all of the state’s qualifying criteria. For more information on the renewable energy programs available within the City of Gladstone and Alger Delta Electric service areas, contact Energy Services Representative Brett Niemi at (906) 284-2298 or

Heritage Alternative Energy

The Garden Wind Farm in Garden Township of Delta County, Michigan, is the first commercial wind energy generating facility in the Upper Peninsula. It consists of 14–2 megawatt wind turbines for a total installed generation capacity of 28 megawatts (MW). The wind farm became fully operational in September of 2012. Over an annual period, the wind farm is anticipated to generate in excess of 70,000 megawatt hours of renewable, clean electricity. This is equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power nearly 7,000 average households, which is around 50% of Delta County's households. 

Based out of Traverse City, Heritage is a company with Michigan roots. They have 30 years of energy industry experience and have been developing and operating wind energy projects since 2004. With their support to local economies, their concern for the environment, and their commitment to renewable resources, Heritage is part of the new generation of energy companies. The State of Michigan and now Delta County and the surrounding area, have provided a symbiotic opportunity for Heritage. Michigan is ranked 14th in the nation for land-based wind resources. A recent study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that immediate shores of the great lakes maintain utility-scale wind sources.  

Upper Michigan Green Aviation Coalition
Upper Michigan Green Aviation Coalition is made of private and public sector members and stakeholders who are participating in the creation of an industry cluster surrounding the concept of green aviation. Their mission is to join private and public sector partners across the Upper Peninsula of the Michigan and Bordering Regions with experts from throughout the world to develop new business opportunities. Through these connections the group wants to promote job creation, develop new employee categories, and promote investments. In addition, the coalition is interested in commercialize advanced technologies and promote collaboration with cluster partners.   

Delta Green Aircraft and Marine Integrator at the Delta County Airport & Renaissance Zone centers on the beginning life of an aircraft, providing greener systems and sub-systems through greener products, work methodologies and processes.

Delta County and neighboring communities are host to several well equipped precision machining companies already involved in greener technologies and green research and development. Manufacturing a greener aircraft lends itself to greener more environmentally friendly manufacturing and assembly processes, greener building and work environments. With most aerospace manufacturers looking to reduce the environmental impact of their aircraft, we aim to meet the suppliers needs to come up with lighter, more environmentally friendly parts and components that will reduce the weight of the aircraft, thus reducing fuel consumption and also aid in the aircraft being more recyclable at the end of their active life.