Consumers Energy has signed a contract with Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc. to supply 56 wind turbine generators for the utility's Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County, Mich. The wind farm is scheduled to begin operation in late 2012.
The contract calls for Vestas to manufacture, deliver and commission the V100-1.8 MW turbine units. The total installed generation capacity of all 56 units is 100.8 MW.
The contract is contingent upon approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission, as well as obtaining a special-use permit from Mason County. Consumers Energy plans to file the contract with the MPSC later this year.
Consumers Energy recently issued a request for proposals to eight bidders for an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the balance of the work needed to construct the Lake Winds Energy Park.
The company says wind generation is a key part of its Balanced Energy Initiative, a comprehensive 20-year plan to meet the power needs of its 1.8 million electric customers with a balanced energy portfolio, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and customer demand management.
SOURCE: Consumers Energy