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Gratiot Farms Wind Project

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 own and 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 includes 60 wind turbines collectively capable of generating up to 150 megawatts of wind energy. Commercial operations are scheduled to start in late 2020.

At Consumers Energy, we’re pleased to continue the commitment we’ve made to this state for nearly 135 years. We appreciate your support for the Gratiot Farms Wind Project, which will help power the future for Gratiot County and Michigan.

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

Fast Facts


  • Location: Gratiot County
  • Electrical Capacity: 150 megawatts
  • Project Area: 24,000 acres
  • Start of Commercial Operation: December 2020
  • Turbine Foundation Diameter: 50 feet
  • Access Roads: 19.5 miles
  • Underground Collector Cables: 59 miles
  • Rotor and Blade Diameter: 417 feet
  • Nacelle Weight: 50 tons
  • Nacelle-Rotor-Blades Combined Weight: 160 tons

Two maps are available. The site layout map is a smaller file size and is only a line drawing (1 MB). The site layout aerial map is a larger file size and includes an aerial background (3 MB).

Background


We own 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.

Economic Benefits


The Gratiot Farms Wind Project has created direct and indirect economic benefits to Gratiot County. Those benefits start with jobs: approximately 250 construction jobs while the energy park was built and 10 permanent jobs during operations. Those permanent employees will work from an operations and maintenance facility in Middleton that's scheduled for completion in early 2021.

The wind farm has increased 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.

Protecting the Public and Environment


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

Our Third Wind Farm


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

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

An Important Part of Our Clean Energy Plan for Michigan.

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