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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:44

Consumers Energy moves forward with $255 million wind power project

(AKRON TOWNSHIP) -- Consumers Energy plans to begin construction this year on a $255 million wind power project in Michigan that will expand the company's renewable energy options. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. announced Wednesday that it signed a contract with Southfield-based Barton Malow Company for engineering and construction services at the Cross Winds Energy Park, a 105-megawatt wind farm in Tuscola County. The contract is subject to approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission. It includes designing, engineering and constructing the park's turbine foundations, access roads, an operations and maintenance building, 62 wind turbines, and building the infrastructure that connects the turbines to the electrical grid. The utility's project is in Akron and Columbia Townships. It's expected to create about 150 construction jobs. Cross Winds is expected to be completed by late 2014.