September 16 (SeeNews) - Michigan's largest utility Consumers Energy, part of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), said today it has agreed to purchase electricity from a new 100-MW wind park in its home state.
More specifically, Consumers Energy has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Geronimo Energy for electricity generated by the Apple Blossom wind park, to be built in Huron County next year. The utility will also get the option to acquire the entire plant in the future.
The company, which plans to retire seven of its coal plants by April 15 next year, said that the off-take contract will help it achieve its target of sourcing 10% of its power from renewables a year ahead of schedule.
Currently, Consumers Energy buys electricity from seven local wind farms and also owns and operates two others. In addition, the company is now developing its first community solar programme and plans to begin solar power generation as early as 2016 from potential locations at Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University.