The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has approved a proposal by Consumers Energy Co. to accelerate the expansion of its wind-farm project in Tuscola County.
In 2016, the Commission approved Consumers purchasing 19 wind-turbine generators for its Cross Winds Energy Park II (CWEP II), with the option for the utility to buy 33 more for a future development called Cross Winds Energy Park III (CWEP III).
Consumers originally had set 2022 as the date to begin construction of CWEP III, but now has moved that up to 2019 (Case No. U-18345).
“The advancement of these wind-energy projects will help to meet the expanded renewable energy portfolio standard set in the state’s new energy laws,” MPSC Chairman Sally Talberg said. “This also means customers will benefit from the declining costs of wind energy.”
Consumers says changes to the project timetable won’t affect customers’ rates.