Construction Process

Before the wind turbines began to generate electricity, several stages of construction have to be completed. In each phase, the construction schedule includes:

  • Access Roads
  • Foundations
  • Underground Collector System
  • Turbine Construction (Towers, Nacelle, Rotor, Blades)
  • Substation Improvements

Safety is our number one priority during construction. Consumers Energy and its contractors are committed to building Cross Winds® Energy Park in the safest manner possible resulting in no lost-time incidents or injuries involving the public or our construction employees during construction.

Video of Phase I Construction

Construction Notes for Phase II (2017)

The anticipated construction schedule is as follows:

  • Spring/Summer Construction: Underground work, access driveways and wind turbine foundations
  • Late Summer/Fall Construction: Wind turbine construction
  • Commercial Operation Date: January 2, 2018

Laydown Yard: The laydown yard is the “command center” for Phase II of the construction project. It is located on Unionville Road (M-24) just north of Hoppe Road. Be alert for construction traffic that may be especially concentrated near the laydown yard!

Other Schedule Notes

Phase I (2013 and 2014)

Construction on Cross Winds® Energy Park Phase I began in the fall of 2013. Turbine site foundations and access roads were completed during the spring of 2014.Turbine components began arriving in the project area during the fall of 2013 and the early summer of 2014, followed by installation of the first turbine in July 2014. All 62 turbines were installed by fall 2014.

Phase III

Having received approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission to begin construction earlier than initially proposed, it is expected that Phase III construction will move forward in 2019. Consumers Energy has demonstrated its intent to move forward with Phase III by securing permits from Akron and Columbia Townships, the Tuscola County Road Commission and the Tuscola County Drain Commission.Consumers Energy also has contracts in place with White Construction for the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) and for procurement with turbine supplier General Electric.Following established company policy, the final decision to move forward with the project must be approved by the Board of Directors because of the overall cost of the project. This final step is anticipated in the next 12 months.

Questions or Comments

The team endeavors to respond to each contact within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Contact made on a weekend or holiday will receive a response the next business day.

Complaint Submittal Form

This online form can be used to contact Consumers Energy regarding a complaint involving the operation or maintenance of the Consumers Energy Cross Winds® Energy Park wind farm. The Complaint Form has been developed in accordance with the Akron or Columbia Township Zoning Ordinance. If you prefer, a paper copy of the form may be requested through the phone number or email listed above.

Following receipt of the form by Consumers Energy, you will receive an acknowledgement within five (5) business days. Consumers Energy will investigate the complaint and provide a response within 30 days.


Map of project boundaries and wind turbine locations