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Consumers Energy signs with Duke Energy Renewables Services

Consumers Energy has awarded Duke Energy Renewables Services a long-term service contract for its 105-megawatt (MW) Cross Winds Energy Project under construction in Tuscola County, Mich.

Duke Energy Renewables Services will provide assistance during construction and commissioning, and after the project is complete, the team will supply operations, maintenance, and remote monitoring services.

“Consumers conducted an exhaustive evaluation of service providers and engaged Duke Energy Renewables Services because of its solid reputation for providing safe, high-quality services, and its willingness to customize its offerings to meet our needs,” said Mike Beyer, manager of renewable generation for Consumers Energy.

The project is comprised of 62 GE 1.7 MW turbines and is expected to begin commercial operation in November 2014. Duke Energy Renewables Services also has a long-term contract with another of Consumers Energy’s projects, Lake Winds Industrial Wind Plant near Ludington, Mich. That contract began in May 2012.

“We’re pleased to expand our relationship with a growing, successful wind owner,” said Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “Consumers Energy shares our deep-rooted commitment to safe and efficient operations, which ensures this partnership will continue to deliver benefits to both parties.”

Duke Energy Renewables Services, an organization resulting from Duke Energy’s 2012 acquisition of Minnesota-based Outland Energy Services, has experience operating nearly 4 gigawatts of wind assets.

“We are looking forward to ensuring a successful project for Consumers Energy,” said Jeff Wehner, vice president of Duke Energy Renewables. “Our team is confident in our ability to optimize the performance of Consumers’ Cross Winds Energy Project and provide great value for all phases of service.”