Future Phases

Consumers Energy has filed a special land use permit application with Columbia Township for the potential development of a second phase of the Cross Winds® Energy Park with the option of developing a third phase in the future. The second phase calls for the construction of a 44 MW wind project featuring 19 GE 2.3-116 wind turbines and the potential of adding an additional 76 MW using the same turbine (33 turbines) with Phase III. If the Phase II project is permitted, construction will begin in the Spring of 2017 with the project becoming operational by the end of the same year. The project will generate additional economic benefit for the township and 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:

  • 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 state electricity supply coming from renewable sources.

  • With a political environment that is receptive to wind energy development, future phase expansion seeks to meet current customer demand as well as future customer needs.

  • Michigan required that 10% of the state’s energy come from renewable energy sources by 2015. Consumers Energy has met the 10% goal and intends to increase production from renewable energy sources in preparation for 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 percent reduction every year following.

  • Production tax credits offset the expense of wind farm projects. By filing groundwork for construction within 2016, Consumers Energy projects will remain eligible for PTCs, with future phase construction beginning in 2017.

  • Future phases will create additional economic impact in the region, including further payments to more landowners, increased tax benefits and additional multiplier impacts.

Map of project boundaries and wind turbine locations