Consumers Energy broke ground on its third wind energy project, Cross Winds Energy Park II in Tuscola County's Columbia Township.
Michigan's largest energy provider is working with lead contractor White Construction, which has started building access roads and will begin constructing concrete foundations within two weeks for the 19 new turbines that will be 499 feet tall and generate up to 44 megawatts. White Construction was the contractor for Consumers Energy's Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington, Mich.
"We are committed to safely building and operating this wind park, and we are urging motorists in the area to be alert for and practice caution around large construction vehicles as they operate in Tuscola County," said Dennis Dobbs, vice president of enterprise project management, engineering and services for Consumers Energy. "Production from this next phase of Cross Winds Energy Park helps us continue to meet customer demand sustainably with safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy."
Phase II construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and go into commercial operation in January 2018. The project will:
In addition, Phase III plans have been approved for Consumers Energy's Cross Winds Energy Park by Columbia and Akron townships. This final phase of the park is expected to go into commercial operation in 2020.
Construction materials and equipment will be transported into the project area in Columbia and Akron townships mainly using M-24/Unionville Road north to Hoppe Road.
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