Duke wins Michigan services deal

Duke Energy Renewables Services says it has won a long-term contract from Michigan utility Consumers Energy for its 105MW Cross Winds Energy Project under construction.

Duke will provide construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, and remote monitoring services.

Duke did not release financial details of the transaction.

Cross Winds will utilize 62 General Electric 1.7MW wind turbines. The facility is due to enter full commercial operation during the fourth quarter.

The deal is the second between the companies. Duke has a long-term service contract for Consumers’ 100MW Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington that began in May 2012.

“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,” says Mike Beyer, manager of renewable generation for Consumers Energy.

Duke formed its renewables services unit in 2012 when it acquired Minnesota-based Outland Energy Services. which now has experience operating nearly 4GW of wind assets.

“Consumers Energy shares our deep-rooted commitment to safe and efficient operations, which ensures this partnership will continue to deliver benefits to both parties,” says Greg Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables.

Duke is a leading US-based wind and solar developer and owner-operator. Its commercial renewable assets includes 15 wind farms and 21 solar farms in operation in 12 states totaling about 1.8GW of installed generation capacity.