Consumers Energy Urges Safe Driving As Wind Park Parts Arrive In Michigan, Heading To The Thumb

$255 Million Cross Winds® Energy Park Creating 150 Construction Jobs

Jun 16, 2014, 06:00 ET from Consumers Energy

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 Mason County.

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 materials. 

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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