CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) said Dec. 12 that it has brought the 111-MW Cross Winds energy park in Michigan’s Upper Thumb area into commercial operation.
With completion of the $255m Cross Winds project, utility subsidiary Consumers Energy now meets Michigan’s renewable energy standard of 10%, one year ahead of the scheduled requirement. In November 2012, Michigan voters rejected a proposal that would have required 25% renewables by 2025.
The Cross Winds project consists of 62 wind turbine generators, all located in Akron and Columbia townships in Tuscola County. That area of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is already home to some Exelon (NYSE: EXC) wind generation, according to a CMS Energy website.
Michigan-based Barton Mallow was the lead contractor for the Cross Winds facility. Construction started on the wind project in November 2013.