The utility says it secured easements for nearly 60,000 acres to date for wind farm development on Michigan's west side in Mason County, and on the state's east side in Tuscola and Huron counties.
The Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County is expected to have a capacity of 100 MW and is scheduled for commercial operation in 2012.
The Cross Winds Energy Park, expected to be located in Tuscola County and Huron County, is scheduled for commercial operation in two phases in 2015 and 2017, and will include parts of Tuscola, Huron, Bay, Saginaw, and Sanilac counties as the state's primary wind energy resource zone.
As part of the development of the Lake Winds Energy Park, Consumers Energy has issued a request for proposal to five pre-selected manufacturers of wind turbine generators.
Wind generation is part of Consumers Energy's Balanced Energy Initiative. Under that plan, by the end of 2017, Consumers Energy expects to own or purchase an additional 900 megawatts of Michigan-based renewable energy. The plan calls for investing more than $6 billion in the utility over the next five years.