Wind Power News: Michigan
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Huron County has been the main test lab for Michigan’s expansion of wind power, but the experiment is setting off a revolt. The area at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb is home to more than 300 operating turbines — nearly half of all those generating electricity in the state. That’s 11 wind farms with a footprint somewhere in the county, and several others in the pipeline that could push the total number of turbines to 1,000 and beyond in the . . .
Kevon Martis – Director for the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition in Blissfield. Cary Shineldecker – Lives in the CMS Energy Lakewinds wind farm. Both will be protesting the American Wind Energy Association’s conference in East Lansing. Download MP3 file.
After initially allowing Michigan Capitol Confidential to sit in and listen to its Michigan Wind Energy Forum in Lansing on Tuesday, the American Wind Energy Association changed its mind. Within five minutes, an association official grabbed Michigan Capitol Confidential’s camera and asked its reporter, Anne Schieber, to leave. Schieber was stationed in the back of the room, observing and recording for a potential news story. The association said Michigan Capitol Confidential was not credentialed. Peter Kelly, the association’s vice president . . .
LANSING — While decision makers and wind energy manufacturers discussed the triumphs and challenges of the wind energy boom throughout the state, opponents worked to spread their message that turbines threaten public health, wildlife and the economy. Approximately two dozen protesters marched in front of the Kellogg Center Tuesday while a forum hosted by the American Wind Energy Association was taking place inside. The protest, which was organized by the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition Inc., was an attempt to bring . . .
LANSING — A segment of American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Michigan Wind Forum at the Capitol on Tuesday put Huron County in the spotlight. County Commissioner David Peruski and Carl Osentoski, executive director of the Huron County Economic Development Corp., took center stage as panelists as part of AWEA’s “Huron County Case Study.” Flanked by Matt Wagner of DTE Energy, David Shiflett of Geronimo Energy and Scott Viciana of Ventower Industries, the five panelists spoke to about 100 people inside . . .
LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder, in his State of the State address Tuesday, reaffirmed his support for increasing natural gas and renewables and announced a new Agency for Energy. Before that, lawmakers who serve on energy committees elaborated a bit further on how those plans may be carried out at a wind energy forum in Lansing on Tuesday. A continued push toward wind energy from senators and representatives in southwestern and eastern Michigan remains relevant in Huron County, home to . . .
TUSTIN — Some think a proposed ordinance on wind turbine development in Sherman Township is good enough to protect residents and property values. Others say it doesn’t go far enough. For years, township officials have struggled to balance the desires of many residents and members of Save Our Sherman, an organization devoted to the limitation of windmill development in the area, while also protecting themselves from potential lawsuits from turbine companies. Wind turbines, such as those in the McBain area, . . .
LANSING — Huron County was recognized Tuesday during the American Wind Energy Association state forum as being at the forefront of the wind energy initiative, and two area leaders joined three company representatives to share the lessons they’ve learned as the county treaded new ground. Huron County is home to around half of wind energy development constructed since the state mandated that 10 percent of energy must come from renewable resources. Huron County Commissioner David G. Peruski said, since 2005, . . .
After reading the article “Meade Township likely to vote on wind,” published Jan. 15, through to the end, it seemed that the headline should read: State Muddles Meade Twp. Wind Referendum. If “State law does not allow voters to whole handedly reject wind energy development,” it seems the state is getting in the way of the voters of Meade Township as well as the citizens in general. Who can write a referendum in a yes and no manner if the . . .
Protesters gathered outside of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Tuesday against the American Wind Energy Association which was having a conference inside about the positive effects of wind energy for America. The protestors, led by the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition, met for the second year in a row to oppose the meeting organized by Ohio resident Tom Stacy. “This protest is to let people know that the American Wind Energy Association is holding a conference in here trying to . . .