CMS Energy Announces Two New Wind Energy Parks
- June 25, 2018
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Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, has entered into an agreement to own, construct and operate the Gratiot Farms Wind Projectcurrently being developed by Tradewind Energy, one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the United States.
- Located in North Shade and
New HavenTownships in Gratiot County, the project will include up to 75 wind turbines and is expected to have a capacity of up to 150 megawatts of wind energy once fully constructed.
- A Development Asset Acquisition agreement will be executed where
Consumers Energywill acquire a development package and then manage the wind farm construction. The purchase requires approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission.
- Under the agreement to acquire the wind energy park,
Tradewind Energywill continue to perform studies, secure permits, acquire real estate and carry out other functions needed to develop the project to the construction stage. Consumers Energyis expected to assume ownership in May 2019and will be responsible for constructing and operating the Gratiot Farms Wind Projectwhen it goes into commercial operation, expected in late 2020. CMS Enterprises, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, has signed an agreement to purchase the 105-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind project once construction is nearly completed. The project is under construction by subsidiaries of Starwood Energy Group Global. CMS Enterpriseswill then finish construction and own and operate the facility going forward.
- Construction is expected to be completed on the 10,000-acre wind energy park by fall 2018.
CMS Enterpriseshas agreed to commit the renewable energy from the Northwest Ohio Wind project to General Motors as part of a 15-year renewable energy purchase agreement.
CMS Enterprises'ownership of the Ohioproject enhances the longstanding relationship between GMand CMS Energy," said Rob Threlkeld, head of global renewable energy for General Motors. "The Ohioproject will play a key role in offsetting carbon emissions from seven GMplants in the Midwest and help enable GMto use renewable energy to power 20 percent of our facilities globally, demonstrating GM'scommitment toward meeting our goal of 100 percent renewables by 2050."
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