DTE Energy plans to move out of the state's reliably windy Thumb region for its next wind farm.
The utility has signed up 120 landowners so far in Branch County, which is in the middle of the state near the Indiana border.
Matt Wagner is manager of renewable energy development for DTE.
He says wind in Branch County can produce electricity about 37 percent of the time, as opposed to roughly 43 percent of the time in the Thumb.
But today's bigger engines and bigger blades can make up the difference.