December 5 (Renewables Now) - US utility Consumers Energy has kicked off commercial operations at the third phase of the 231-MW Cross Winds Energy Park in Michigan’s Tuscola County.
The 33 GE turbines at the 76-MW Phase III facility are now supplying electricity to Consumers Energy’s customers, the company said on Wednesday. The wind farm was built at a cost of USD 150 million (EUR 135.3m), with its output expected to be enough to meet the power demand of around 30,000 residents.
The Cross Winds Energy Park complex consists of three wind farms with a total of 114 turbines. The first one, with a capacity of 111 MW, was put on stream in December 2014, while the second 44-MW phase was switched on at the start of 2018. The combined output of these power plants will be enough to serve about 90,000 residents, the utility estimates.
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), has set a goal to cover 90% of its clients’ electricity capacity needs by with clean energy by 2040. The company also aims at removing coal as a fuel source and cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 90% by the same year.
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