- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

OLIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - DTE Energy Co. has held a formal opening ceremony for a Michigan wind park after problems with turbine blades delayed its launch.

The power company says it held a dedication Thursday morning for Echo Wind Park in the Thumb’s Huron County. The 16,000-acre facility in Elkton, Chandler and Oliver townships began commercial operation this week.

Echo Wind Park was originally supposed to be fully operational at the end of last year. But a manufacturing problem led to a blade break, an examination of all of the blades and replacement of some.

Sixty of the 70 blades were in place and producing electricity before the November accident.

The utility says the wind park adds another 112 megawatts of renewable energy, enough electricity to power about 52,000 homes.

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