New Wind Turbines to Bring Renewable Energy to Michigan

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GE will provide 62 wind turbines for the new Cross Winds Energy Park, set to open late next year.

Winds whipping through Tuscola County soon will bring renewable energy to Consumers Energy customers in the state. And that means more green energy in Michigan’s thumb.

Through a new contract with GE, Consumers Energy will provide 62 1.7 megawatt capacity wind turbine units for the Cross Winds Energy Park, scheduled to start running late next year.

To put that in perspective, 1 megawatt is equal to 1 million watts. And that’s enough wind energy to power 40,000 incandescent light bulbs at 100 watts each.

And for those using more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs, the new wind turbines will provide even more green energy for Michigan. CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer. A CFL 23-watt spiral bulb is equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent bulb.

Construction on the wind turbine project is expected to create about 155 jobs. The company also is looking to receive federal tax production credits to increase savings for its customers.

The project must receive approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission and other agencies, including Columbia and Akron townships in Tuscola County.

Cross Winds Energy Park will help the company meet state renewable energy standards, carrying on Consumers Energy’s promise to customers.

“Providing renewable energy to Michigan is part of our promise to provide low cost, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for our customers,” said Jack Hanson, Senior Vice President of Energy Resources.

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