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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 20, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE Energy’s next wind farm probably won’t be in the Thumb

DTE Energy plans to move out of the state’s reliably windy Thumb region for its next wind farm. The utility has signed up 120 landowners so far in Branch County, which is in the middle of the state near the Indiana border. Matt Wagner is manager of renewable energy development for DTE. He says wind in Branch County can produce electricity about 37 percent of the time, as opposed to roughly 43 percent of the time in the Thumb. But . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Group opposes planned wind farm in Branch Co.

There’s a battle brewing about how Michigan will produce energy in the future. Much of the debate is focused on whether wind-powered turbines are the answer. “This industry is marked by a history of litigation, referendum, recall, political action and social turmoil,” said Kevon Martis, the director of the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition. Martis formed the coalition in 2011 to oppose wind projects that were proposed where he lived in southeast Michigan. Now his focus is in Branch County. DTE . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy gets Juniata Township’s approval for 63-turbine wind farm

CARO, MI – NextEra Energy is one step closer to building its third wind farm in Tuscola County and its fourth in the state. The Juniata Township Planning Commission on Saturday, Jan. 13, approved the special land use permit for NextEra’s proposed Pegasus Wind Energy Center, a 156-megawatt project consisting of 63 GE turbines to be located in Juniata and Fairgrove townships. Clerk Heidi Stark confirmed that was the only approval the developer needed from Juniata Township officials. Fairgrove Township officials . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Data on Ingersoll’s wind ordinance

A wind ordinance has been on the books for many years. But, with advancements in wind technology, the ordinance needed updating, especially with the possibility of wind turbines coming to Ingersoll Township. Township consultant Rob Eggers shared the following details of the Ingersoll Township Wind Ordinance at the Dec. 18 meeting of the Ingersoll Township Planning Commission. Eggers, Spicer Group president, has been involved with about 25 municipalities concerning wind turbines. • Work on the ordinance began at a public . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine opposition group to host meeting

An organization opposed to the spread of wind powered turbines in Michigan is hosting a special meeting in Bronson next week. The Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition will be hosting the meeting att the Bronson Public Library January 24 at 6:30 p.m. The non-profit group has raised public awareness about wind turbines in recent years. In the announcement about the Bronson meeting that was posted on their Facebook page, the group says that DTE Energy and other energy firms have targeted . . . Complete story »


January 13, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Four public officials in Delta County facing recall petitions over Heritage wind turbine expansion

DELTA COUNTY – Three Fairbanks Township board members and one Garden Township board member are facing recall petitions for alleged conflicts of interest regarding the potential expansion of the Heritage wind farm on the Garden Peninsula. The petitions filed in Delta County on Thursday, January 11, name Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow, Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ronald Collins, Fairbanks Township Clerk Kathryn Denholm and Fairbanks Township Trustee James Dalgord as all being “(I)n violation of conflict of interest laws as outlines . . . Complete story »


January 12, 2018 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Michigan landowners’ long-shot lawsuit has high stakes for wind industry

An unlikely legal win by neighbors of a Michigan wind farm would have the potential to chill wind energy development in the state, legal experts say. A group of landowners filed suit in state court in August alleging a wind project near Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula is causing adverse health effects. These include sleep interruption and deprivation, stress, “extreme fatigue, anxiety and emotional distress.” Those claims will be difficult to prove, legal experts said, but if the landowners . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Farms take center stage at board meeting

BARAGA TOWNSHIP – The Township Board appointed Susan Durham as a new member of the planning commission at the meeting on Tuesday evening. Durham will be taking over for Jeff Sprenkle. Her term will be starting immediately and will go until March 2020. The board heard an update on roads from Doug Mills. Doug feels “every road could have a project.” He proceeded to say that all of the roads need some type of work done, but said there’s no priority . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Elkland planners to meet about wind energy

ELKLAND TOWNSHIP – The push for renewable energy has many Tuscola County townships developing or updating zoning ordinances for possible development. One those townships is Elkland. The Elkland Planning Commission Zoning Board of Appeals will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at the township hall, located at 6691 Church St. in Cass City. The reason for the hearing is for the planning commission to consider updates to the 2012 ordinance regarding wind turbines, special land use permits and . . . Complete story »


January 11, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Ingersoll ordinance is under review

The Ingersoll Township Planning Commission keeps moving forward in its charge to create a wind ordinance. At its Dec. 18 meeting, the commission finalized a draft of an ordinance. Now it is in the hands of Township Attorney Peter Poznak for review, which is to be concluded by today and then posted on the township website for all to review. The planning commission hoped to have a public hearing on the draft at its next meeting on Monday, but Poznak . . . Complete story »


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