- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AKRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Consumers Energy wind park has started serving electric customers in Michigan’s Thumb region.

The company says its $255 million Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County is its first wind park on the east side of the state. The utility estimated in April the wind park will have a 20-year economic impact of around $126 million in the state.

The park includes 62 wind turbines in Akron and Columbia townships and can generate 111 megawatts. The utility says more than $100 million of the $255 million project went to construction and components from Michigan manufacturers.

Consumers Energy says the park’s completion means it has met Michigan’s pending standard of 10 percent renewable energy production ahead of the requirement deadline in 2015.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. serves 6.5 million Michigan residents.

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