As cooler temperatures set in, a flurry of activity is beginning with construction of the Consumers Energy Cross Winds® Energy Park in Tuscola County.
Safety is top priority as the company expands its supply of Michigan-based renewable energy for its 1.8 million customers. Part of the company’s Promise is working together for safer communities, and a key part of the safety focus is openly communicating about construction activity that residents may encounter.
Akron and Columbia Township residents recently received a “safety alert” post card 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 and turbine foundations this fall.
About 150 construction jobs will be created during Cross Winds construction now and into 2014. The facility will include 62 wind turbines, with a capacity of 105 megawatts when it begins generating renewable energy for Consumers Energy customers in late 2014. Map of the Cross Winds Energy Park.