By Mary Drier
TUSCOLA COUNTY — With both Akron and Columbia townships giving provisional site-plan approval for Consumers Energy’s Cross Winds Energy Park, Barton Malow Company of Southfield was hired as engineer for the project.
“Hiring a well-respected Michigan company to help us generate more clean energy for customers makes sense for our company and for the state,” said Jim Pomaranski, Consumers Energy’s vice president of major projects and construction. “The Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative is providing quality products and services at competitive prices. In turn, that spending is funding real projects, creating real jobs and making a real difference for Michigan.”
About 150 construction jobs are expected to be created when Cross Winds begins construction. Construction of access roads and turbine foundations are expected to begin next month with completion of the wind farm in 2014.
Barton Malow’s contract includes designing, engineering and constructing the park’s turbine foundations, access roads, an operations and maintenance building; erecting the park’s 62 wind turbines; and building the infrastructure that connects the turbines to the electrical grid.
Barton Malow has previous experience building wind farms in Michigan. The contract is subject to approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
The $255 million Cross Winds Energy Park, a 105-megawatt wind farm will be in northwestern Tuscola County.
Consumer Energy’s plan is to build 19 turbines, one meteorological tower, access roads, as well as an underground electrical collection system in Columbia Township; and to build to build 43 turbines, access roads, three meteorological towers, an electrical collection system, a lay-down yard as well as equipment and facilities in Akron Township.
An independent economic study estimated that construction of Cross Winds will generate direct and indirect output in Michigan valued at $160.2 million.
Also, Consumers Energy recently pledged to increase spending with Michigan-based suppliers of goods and services by $1 billion over five years through the Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at email@example.com.