Cross Winds Project Begins Sending Power to Consumers Energy Grid

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Michigan utility Consumers Energy says the 76 MW Cross Winds Energy Park Phase III project in Tuscola County, Mich., has been commissioned and is delivering power to the grid.

The $150 million Cross Winds Phase III employed over 250 workers during the project’s construction. Its 33 turbines’ capacity is enough to serve about 30,000 residents.

The three phases of Cross Winds Energy Park comprise 114 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 231 MW. Phase I began operations in December 2014, and Phase II began in January 2018.

With Phase III operational, five full-time staff have been added to the Cross Winds Energy Park team, which now has 16 full-time employees.

Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan calls for the energy provider to meet 90% of customers’ electricity capacity needs by 2040 through clean energy resources.

“Thanks go to the people of Columbia and Akron townships, who welcomed us into their community. We are looking forward to being a good neighbor in the community for the long term,” says Dennis Dobbs, vice president of enterprise project management, engineering and services, for Consumers Energy.

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