Construction to commence on Consumers Energy's Cross Winds Energy Park II in Michigan


Consumers Energy is set to begin construction on its third wind energy project, Cross Winds Energy Park II.

The project is located in Columbia Township at Tuscola County of Michigan. White Construction will commence building concrete foundations within two weeks.

Around 19 turbines will be installed, which will generate up to 44MW.

Consumers Energy's vice-president of enterprise project management, engineering, and services Dennis Dobbs said: "We are committed to safely building and operating this windpark and we are urging motorists in the area to be alert for and practice caution around large construction vehicles as they operate in Tuscola County.

"Production from this next phase of Cross Winds Energy Park helps us continue to meet customer demand sustainably with safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy."

"Production from this next phase of Cross Winds Energy Park helps us continue to meet customer demand sustainably with safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy."     

Construction of phase II is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and it will begin commercial operations in January, 2018.

With a total investment of $345m, the project will have a total of 81 wind turbines to generate up to 155MW of renewable energy, which is enough to serve around 60,000 residents.

The project will pump in $5bn into the state's economy over the next five years.

Meanwhile, Phase III plan of the Cross Winds Energy Park has been approved by Columbia and Akron townships. This final phase of the park is expected to go into commercial operation in 2020.

Consumers Energy completed construction of Phase I of the 111MW Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County at the end of 2014.

The principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, Consumers Energy provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million residents in Michigan.