Consumers Energy Urges Safe Driving As Wind Park Parts Arrive In Michigan,
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$255 Million Cross Winds® Energy Park Creating 150 Construction Jobs
CARO, Mich., June 16, 2014
CARO, Mich., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Construction of Consumers Energy's
second wind park is underway and the company is urging safe driving as large
equipment is transported on Michigan highways.
Billboards promoting safe driving are in place in southeast and southwest
Michigan, the entry points for delivery of wind turbine generators, 165-foot
turbine blades and Michigan-made turbine towers.
"Consumers Energy and its contractors are committed to building Cross Winds®
Energy Park in the safest manner possible. A key part of our commitment to
safety is openly communicating about construction activity that Michigan
residents may encounter," said John Bulloch, project manager for Cross Winds
Energy Park for Consumers Energy.
The $255 million wind park is being constructed by approximately 150 workers,
in Akron and Columbia townships in Tuscola County.
Barton Malow of Southfield, Mich. is the lead contractor for the Cross Winds
facility, and has completed nearly all access drives and more than one-half of
the project turbine foundations. Separately, Consumers Energy has retained
Duke Energy Renewable Services to provide operations and maintenance services
for Cross Winds, as it does for the now-operating Lake Winds® Energy Park in
In agreement 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
The plans for Cross Winds include 62 wind turbines, with a capacity of 105
megawatts when it begins generating renewable energy for Consumers Energy
customers in late 2014.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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