Consumers Energy Opens 111 MW Michigan Wind Farm

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Michigan-based utility Consumers Energy has announced commercial operation of its 111 MW Cross Winds Energy Park. With completion of the wind farm, the company says it now meets Michigan's 10% by 2015 renewable energy standard.

Located in Tuscola County, Cross Winds is the utility's second wind park and consists of 62 GE wind turbines.

‘Consumers Energy thanks Tuscola County and area governmental officials, in particular, for making today's 'start-up' possible. Construction of Cross Winds kept our company's commitments to safety and good communication with area residents,’ says Jack Hanson, senior vice president of energy resources for Consumers Energy.

Michigan-based Barton Malow was the lead contractor for the Cross Winds facility. Consumers Energy says more than $100 million of the $255 million project included investments for construction and components made by Michigan manufacturers.

‘This project continues our 'Michigan first' purchasing strategy as part of Pure Michigan Business Connect,’ notes Hanson.

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