Consumers Energy’s Cross Winds Energy Park II has begun serving customers and contributing 44 MW of wind energy in Michigan.
Located in Tuscola County’s Columbia Township, the $90 million Cross Winds Phase II employed 250 workers during construction. Its 44 MW capacity is enough to serve about 17,000 residents, says Consumers Energy, which worked with lead contractor White Construction to construct the 19 turbines, which are 499 feet tall.
“With excitement and pride, we have flipped the switch for Phase II of our Cross Winds Energy Park to meet more of Michigan’s demand for energy with renewable wind energy, a clean source that benefits the entire state,” says Dennis Dobbs, Consumers Energy’s vice president of enterprise project management, engineering and services. “The project also firmly supports Consumers Energy’s goal of fulfilling our triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.”
Columbia and Akron townships have also approved Phase III of Cross Winds Energy Park. This final phase is expected to go into commercial operations in 2020. The first phase began operations in 2014.
The project is also contributing to Consumers Energy’s commitment to add $5 billion into the state’s economy over five years through Pure Michigan Business Connect by buying goods and services from Michigan companies.