The PPAs are for 20 years and have been submitted for approval to the Michigan Public Service Commission.
John Deere Wind Energy, based in Johnston, Iowa, will develop its Michigan Wind II project in Sanilac County. This wind project is expected to provide 90 MW of renewable energy capacity to Consumers Energy beginning in 2012.
John Deere Wind Energy will also develop its Harvest II Windfarm in Huron County. This project is expected to provide 59.4 MW of capacity to Consumers Energy beginning in late 2012.
In addition, John Deere Wind Energy and Great Lakes Wind LLC will develop their Blissfield Wind Energy project in Lenawee County. This project is expected to provide 81 MW of capacity to Consumers Energy beginning in late 2012.
The PPAs support Consumers Energy's plan to increase its renewable energy supply portfolio to 10% by 2015 to meet the requirements of Michigan's energy reform law.
Once ready for construction, the new wind projects are each expected to create between 150 and 200 construction jobs.
SOURCE: Consumers Energy