For several years Apex Clean Energy has worked in northern Isabella County to develop Isabella Wind, the largest renewable energy project ever constructed in Michigan. Throughout development, the project overcame numerous obstacles, and progress was only possible because of Apex’s commitment to uniting the community and conducting business in an open, honest, and transparent manner. Today, Isabella Wind is under construction and investments are being made throughout the community. As one of the largest economic development opportunities in the history of central Michigan, Isabella Wind will deliver more than $600 million in direct local investment and more than $30 million in local tax revenues over the next 30 years. In anticipation of these new funds the county has already voted to offer fiscally responsible raises to county staff and employees. With construction underway, Apex’s emphasis on transparency and support of the local community continues. The construction workforce is currently comprised of crews from multiple local contractors, and Fagen, Inc., a nationally recognized construction firm that was selected through a competitive bidding process to serve as the Balance of Plant (BOP) contractor through the end of construction. As the BOP contractor, Fagen has hired numerous local contractors to help build the project. Overall, the workforce is nearly evenly divided among union and non-union members – including the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and Operating Engineers (IUOE). Michiganders currently comprise more than 60% of the workforce. Local Contractors Working on Isabella Wind Central Concrete (Mt. Pleasant, MI) – Central has been contracted to provide all the concrete for this project. Fisher Companies (Mt. Pleasant, MI) – Contracted to manage the civil construction associated with this project, including work on county roads, and building access roads to the turbines. Fisher uses a 100% Michigan-based union workforce. Mills Excavating (Ithaca, MI) – Contracted to manage drain tile repair and soil decompaction in the fields throughout construction. MJ Electric (Iron Mountain, MI) – Contracted to install all under- and above-ground transmission lines associated with this project. MJ uses a 100% Michigan-based union workforce. Ten Mile Paving – Subcontracted through Fisher to work on road stabilization. Ten Mile uses a 100% Michigan-based union workforce. Isabella Wind, and the benefit it brings to the local community, is only possible because of the support we’ve received from more than 600 families across the northern part of the county who signed up to participate. Not only are we excited to support and create jobs through construction, but we are even more pleased to know that the expected tax revenues from Isabella Wind have helped make it possible for the county to offer well deserved bonuses and raises to county staff and employees. The number of people working to build Isabella Wind will increase to more than 200 workers by midsummer and continue at the elevated level until the project is completed by the end of the year. Continue reading
One of the reasons that the U.S. has chosen to incentivize the development of wind energy is because it helps save Americans a lot of money. How? By keeping our population healthier. According to a recent article in Vox, new research from the National Renewable Energy Lab shows that some of our more conventional sources of electricity generation come with significant human health impacts that turn out to be quite expensive. To cut to the chase, let’s review the top-line conclusions: From 2007 to 2015, wind and solar in the US reduced SO2, NOx, and PM2.5 by 1.0, 0.6, and 0.05 million tons respectively; reduction of those local air pollutants helped avoid 7,000 premature deaths (the central estimate in a range from 3,000 to 12,700); those avoided deaths, along with other public health impacts, are worth a cumulative $56 billion (the central estimate in a range from $30 to $113 billion); wind and solar also reduced CO2 emissions, to the tune of $32 billion in avoided climate costs (the central estimate in a range from $5 to $107 billion). So, if you add up those central estimates, wind and solar saved Americans around $88 billion in health and environmental costs over eight years. By switching to wind and solar, we have helped avoid 7,000 premature deaths, and we have gained other public health benefits that have saved a cumulative $56 billion. Not bad! Check out the full article here.
ROSEBUSH, Mich. – August 14, 2017 – On Monday, representatives from Isabella Wind announced the launch of a community grant program designed to provide funding to support community development in Isabella County. Continue reading
This article is by Lisa Yanick Litwiller and first appeared in the Morning Sun on 7/18/17. By Lisa Yanick Litwiller, The Morning Sun POSTED: 07/18/17, 4:40 PM EDT Continue reading
Killeen, TX – June 2, 2017 – Apex Clean Energy (Apex) today celebrated the final delivery of the largest renewable energy project serving the U.S. Army at Fort Hood. Drawing wind power from the 50.4 MW Cotton Plains Wind project in Floyd County, Texas, and solar power from the on-base 15.4 MWac Phantom Solar facility, the first hybrid renewable project to serve the Army will provide approximately half of the overall energy demands of Fort Hood while saving U.S. taxpayers $168 million over the 28-year life of the project. Continue reading
Kay Wind Recognized for Wind Farm Team of the Year at Wind Operations and Management Conference Charlottesville, VA – April 13, 2017 – On April 10, the team at Kay Wind, which is operated by Apex Clean Energy and owned by Southern Power, was recognized for its exceptional achievement in operations and management at the Wind O&M conference in Dallas, Texas. The project team won the “Wind Farm Team or Technician of the Year” award for 2017. In total, the conference’s awards saw over 100 entries from across the globe. This particular honor praised the Kay team for placing an emphasis on safety and collaboration and going above and beyond in all their work. Continue reading
The Christian Science Monitor - JUNE 7, 2016 In Iowa, wind turbines generate nearly one-third of the state’s electricity, the highest proportion in the US. Iowa is known as the state where the tall corn grows. But it’s fast becoming know for tall turbines, too. Massive three-spoked wind turbines now dot the rolling rural landscape, whooshing around above fertile fields of corn and ’beans (known to the rest of us as soybeans). Iowa farmers are now cultivating this valuable third crop to supplement their incomes: Leasing land for a single wind turbine brings in $5,000 to $10,000 per year. Click here to read the full story.
We know that wind power is a powerful, renewable energy source. Did you know that wind farms also help landowners keep their farms in the family by providing revenue and royalties from the power provided? Each year, American landowners receive $222 million in lease payments alone. Wind is a drought-resistant crop that is reliable and not subject to fluctuating crop prices. Greg Alvarez of the American Wind Energy Association went on a tour through Colorado looking for the community impacts of wind power. During his trip, he met Jason Wilson of Calhan, Colorado, whose family almost had to give up its 76-year-old farm because it wasn't financially profitable anymore. Wilson said, "The wind farm allowed us to be able to keep our family farm. The wind farm balanced the financial viability with the sentimental value, allowing the family farm to be passed on to the next generation." Click through to read more Continue reading
That's right, $128 billion! Not to mention an average of $13 billion per year for the past five years alone. The American Wind Energy Assocation (AWEA) released the data last week. Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, said, "Over this time, wind has rapidly scaled up. There's now enough wind power installed to reliably produce electricity for over 19 million American homes." There were more records broken last year by wind energy, including capacity installed. Click through to read more Continue reading
Apex Clean Energy was the market leader for new wind energy capacity additions in the United States in 2015. The company installed 1,042 megawatts (MW) of wind facilities, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association’s fourth quarter 2015 report. Read the full media release here.