Consumers Energy Resumes Construction at Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan’s Thumb

Consumers Energy expects to finish building Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan’s Thumb this year. The company opened Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County in 2012.
Consumers Energy expects to finish building Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan’s Thumb this year. The company opened Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County in 2012.

As warm weather returns to Michigan, we’re resuming construction of our Cross Winds® Energy Park in Tuscola County in the state’s thumb.

Safety is our No. 1 priority, and Consumers Energy and its contractors are committed to building the renewable wind energy park in the safest manner possible.

  • Akron and Columbia Township residents are receiving a “safety alert” postcard.
  • We’re also urging motorists to be alert for construction traffic in these townships and throughout Tuscola County as many construction materials are coming from throughout Michigan.

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, turbine foundations and electrical systems this spring. Wind turbine components are scheduled to arrive at the Cross Winds site by mid-summer.

About 150 construction jobs will be created during Cross Winds construction. The facility will include 62 wind turbines, with a capacity of 105 megawatts when it begins generating renewable energy for Consumers Energy customers, scheduled for late 2014. Map of Cross Winds Energy Park.