Consumers Energy wind power parts arrive in Michigan for Thumb wind farm

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.

The $255 million wind park is being constructed by about 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 MW when it begins generating renewable energy for Consumers Energy customers in late 2014. 

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