Consumers Energy approved for first wind park

Consumers Energy has received approval from the Mason County Planning Commission for the company’s special land use permit application for its first wind park. The 100MW Lake Winds Energy Park will be constructed as part of Consumers Energy’s plans to meet a 10% renewable energy standard in the Michigan’s Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act. Upon completion, the park will generate enough electricity to meet the annual power needs of over 31,000 residential customers. The application included detailed site layouts for 56 wind turbines, in addition to three alternate locations.  All of the turbine locations have already received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, Michigan Aeronautic Commission, and the Mason County Airport Zoning Board of Appeals. Consumers Energy has selected Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbine for this project, the most efficient turbine for this region’s wind speeds. White Construction, Inc. has been chosen to build the Lake Winds Energy Park. 

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