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Wind energy project has Muskegon port hopping
Date: October 1, 2012
Story originally published on grbj.com
October 1, 2012
By Pete Daly
Arn Boezaart has enjoyed watching the port of Muskegon “come to life” this summer, to use his words, and because of the industry he is in, it has been encouraging.
That activity also has added to the cash flow in the West Michigan economy.
Boezaart is the executive director of GVSU’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center on Muskegon Lake near downtown. From its windows, Boezaart watched several ocean-going freighters coming in to the Mart Dock, where they off-loaded commercial-grade wind turbine blades and tower segments destined for the Beebe Renewable Energy Project, a commercial wind farm under construction in Ithaca, south of Alma.
Beebe is being built by Exelon Wind, a division of Exelon Power, a $33 billion Chicago company that also owns Constellation Energy. Exelon is the largest operator of nuclear plants in the U.S. and has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. It claims to be the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland, northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania.