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Michigan-based utility Consumers Energy has signed a contract with Barton Malow Co. for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services at its $255 million Cross Winds Energy Park, a 105 MW wind farm in Tuscola County. The contract is subject to approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

In June, Consumers Energy signed a deal with GE to supply 62 1.7-MW wind turbines for the project. The utility expects 150 construction jobs will be created when Cross Winds begins construction later this year and into 2014.

Cross Winds is the company's second wind farm. The 100 MW Lake Winds Energy Park began operating near Ludington in November 2012. Consumers Energy says completion of Cross Winds by late 2014 will help the company meet Michigan's renewable energy standard, which requires 10% of the state's energy supply to come from renewable sources by 2015.



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