Consumers Energy announced Gratiot Wind Farm Project is operational and contributes 150 megawatts of renewable energy to Michigan customers.
Gratiot Farms Wind Project went online on December 16 and featured 60 turbines with a 150-megawatt capacity, enough to power about 58,000 residents. Consumers Energy acquired the project from Enel Green Power America, which started developing the wind farm. Consumers Energy took ownership and responsibility for completing the construction of the project in September 2019.
Approximately 250 workers were employed during the construction of Gratiot Farms. A team of 10 highly trained full-time employees will operate the electric generation facility from a newly established service center in Middleton, Michigan, scheduled to be completed by late February.
The 24,000 acre Gratiot Farms represents a $260 million stake in Michigan’s clean energy infrastructure. It joins Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County and Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County as wind energy projects Consumers Energy owns and operates.
Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan calls for eliminating coal as an energy source, achieving net-zero carbon emissions, and meeting 90% of customers’ energy needs through clean sources like renewable energy, energy waste reduction, and energy storage. Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider.