CMS resumes construction on Cross Winds facility

Now that warm weather has returned to Michigan, CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) has resumed construction of the Cross Winds energy park in Tuscola County, Mich.

The facility will include 62 wind turbines, with a capacity of 105 MW when it begins generating renewable energy for customers of CMS utility subsidiary Consumers Energy, scheduled for late 2014.

About 150 construction jobs will be created during Cross Winds construction.

Michigan’s current renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires electric providers to ramp up their use of renewable energy in order to obtain 10% of their electricity sales from renewable resources in 2015. In November 2012, Michigan voters rejected a proposal that would have required 25% renewables by 2025.

Akron and Columbia Township residents are receiving a “safety alert” postcard from Consumers Energy. The company urges motorists to be alert for construction traffic in these townships and throughout Tuscola County since many construction materials are coming from suppliers located in Michigan’s Thumb, southeastern Michigan and other parts of the state.

Following agreements with the Tuscola County Road Commission, the project includes necessary maintenance, repair and upgrades to several area roads needed for transporting wind turbine components and other construction related materials.

Barton Malow of Southfield, Mich. is the lead contractor for the Cross Winds facility, and will focus on construction of access drives, turbine foundations and electrical systems this spring. Wind turbine components are scheduled to arrive at the Cross Winds site by mid-summer.

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