Outland Energy Services awarded services contract for 100 MW wind farm

Consumers Energy has awarded Outland Energy Services a service contract to provide construction/commissioning-period support, and operations, maintenance, and remote monitoring services at the 100.8 MW Lake Winds Energy Project in Mason County, Michigan. The project is comprised of fifty-six Vestas V100 1.8 MW wind turbines and is expected to begin commercial operation in October, 2012.

"Outland’s collaboration with Consumers Energy is an example of how Outland can provide an asset owner with the best possible value for commissioning, operations, maintenance, and remote monitoring from the very start of a project’s life," said Steve Scott, President and CEO of Outland. "Our team is looking forward to ensuring a successful project for Consumers."

"Consumers conducted an exhaustive evaluation of service providers and engaged Outland because of its solid reputation for providing safe, high-quality services, and its willingness to customize its offerings to meet our needs," said Bill Schoenlein, manager of hydro and renewable generation for Consumers Energy.

"Outland is excited to collaborate with Consumers Energy to ensure that its turbines achieve the highest energy-based availability possible," said Don Gibson, Outland’s Business Development Manager. "With experience providing services for more than 1,350 MW of operating wind assets, Outland is confident in our ability to optimize the performance of Consumers’ Lake Winds Energy Project."

Consumers Energy is Michigan’s second-largest electric and natural gas utility, providing service to more than 6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 counties in the Lower Peninsula. Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corporation.

Outland Energy Services is an independent service provider in the wind energy industry. Outland provides a full range of wind turbine operations and maintenance services to original equipment manufacturers, investor-owned utilities, municipal power agencies, and independent power producers. Headquartered in Canby, Minnesota, Outland provides services globally with an emphasis on the North American market.

Outland is the only independent service provider in the North American wind industry to hold all three of the following certifications: ISO 9001:2008 (quality management), ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management), and OHSAS 18001:2007 (health & safety management).