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Powering Michigan’s Clean Energy Future

Energy. Environment. Economy.

Often, these priorities seem at odds with one another. Not so with the wind farm we will operate in Gratiot County.

The $260 million Gratiot Farms Wind Project creates a new source of clean, renewable energy from the wind that blows across our state. This protects the environment while bolstering Michigan’s economy and creating jobs.

Located in North Shade and New Haven Townships in Gratiot County, the project will include 60 wind turbines and is expected to have a capacity of up to 150 megawatts of wind energy. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2019 with commercial operation expected to start in late 2020.

At Consumers Energy, we’re pleased to continue the commitment we’ve made to this state for 130 years. We appreciate your support for the Gratiot Farms Wind Project, which will help power the future for Gratiot County and Michigan.


Gratiot Farms Fast Facts


Location: Gratiot County


Electrical capacity: 150 megawatts


Project Area: 24,000 acres


Start of commercial operation: December 2020

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Our Plan

We plan to own, construct and operate the Gratiot Farms Wind Project. We acquired the project from Enel Green Power North America, one of the largest developers, owners and operators of renewable energy in the United States. Enel Green Power North America performed studies, secured permits, acquired real estate and carried out other functions needed to develop the project to the construction stage.


Powering the Economy

The Gratiot Farms Wind Project will create direct and indirect economic benefits to Gratiot County. Those benefits start with jobs: approximately 150 or so construction jobs as the energy park is built, then up to 13 permanent jobs when it begins operations.

The wind farm will increase the overall tax base, providing new revenue for local education and critical basic services at a time when the cash-strapped state government is reducing funding to local governments.

The Clean Energy Plan

Wind power is a key component of our Clean Energy Plan to meet Michigan’s energy needs through 2040.

Our plan will provide the electricity customers need to run their homes and businesses with 90 percent clean energy resources such as wind and solar. Along the way, will eliminate coal as a fuel source and cut carbon emissions by 90 percent to help improve the state’s air quality.

Together, we can seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to eliminate coal, embrace renewable resources and provide innovative, affordable energy solutions for customers. It’s all part of our commitment to protect the planet, empower people and help Michigan prosper.

To learn more, visit MICleanEnergyPlan.com


Protecting the Public and the Environment

The Gratiot Farms Wind Project is designed to comply with, and in many cases exceed, the requirements of both local wind zoning ordinances.

Numerous studies were conducted to show the project will not impact public health, safety or welfare and will have minimal environmental and local wildlife impacts.


Joining Our Green Fleet

The Gratiot Farms Wind Project is our third wind farm in Michigan. We also own and operate the 100-megawatt Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington and the Cross Winds Energy Park in the state’s Thumb region.

When an expansion is complete, Cross Winds will have the ability to generate up to 231 megawatts of electricity.

Combined, the three wind farms will help us meet Michigan’s 15 percent renewable energy target by 2021.

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To contact us, call us at 517-768-3725 or email GratiotFarms@cmsenergy.com regarding Gratiot Winds Energy Park issues.

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