Phases II and III

Special land use permit applications filed by Consumers Energy with Akron and Columbia Townships were approved in the fall of 2016 for the development of a second phase of the Cross Winds® Energy Park with the option of developing a third phase. The wind turbines in Phases II and III will be located in Columbia Township with supporting work performed at the Operations and Maintenance facility in Akron Township.

Phase II of the Cross Winds® Energy Park calls for the construction of a 44 MW wind project featuring 19 GE 2.3-116 wind turbines. Phase III offers the potential of an additional 76 MW adding 33 of the same GE wind turbines. Phase II construction began in the spring of 2017 with the project expected to become operational in early 2018. The project will generate additional economic benefit for the township and the region including construction jobs, additional tax revenues, and multiplier economic impacts from landowner payments. Details about the special land use permit application can be found at these locations:

Additional Information:

  • Multiple factors were considered regarding the expansion of the Cross Winds® Energy Park, including an increase in customers invested in additional alternative renewable energy options, changes in energy legislation and the availability of a production tax credit.
  • The Cross Winds® Energy Park currently provides a source of clean, renewable energy stemming from the wind blowing across our state. By expanding the park with future phases, Consumers Energy will be able to increase the percentage of our state’s electricity supply coming from renewable sources.
  • Future phase expansion seeks to meet current customer demand as well as future customer needs.
  • Michigan now requires that 15% of the state’s energy come from renewable energy sources by 2021 (PA 342 of 2016). This is up from the previous requirement of 10% (PA 295 of 2008). Construction of Phase II and then the anticipated Phase III of the Cross Winds® Energy Park will allow Consumers Energy to increase production from renewable energy sources in order to meet the increased future requirements.
  • Tax credit changes have contributed to the decision to expand the Cross Winds® Energy Park. The end of 2016 will see the Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) begin to disappear, with a 20% reduction every year following.
  • Tax credits offset the expense of wind farm projects. By filing groundwork for construction within 2016, Phases II and III remain eligible for PTCs.
  • Phases II and III of the Cross Winds® Energy Park will create additional economic impact in the region, including further payments to more landowners, increased tax benefits and additional multiplier impacts. The economic impacts of Phase II were estimated in an economic impact study.

Map of project boundaries and wind turbine locations

Updated: 06/2017