Wind Power News: Michigan
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.
HAZELTON TWP. – Wind turbines dominated discussion during the June 12 meeting of the Hazelton Township board. About a dozen residents attended the meeting – some invited guests with firsthand knowledge of the impact of wind turbines on a community. Hazelton Township Supervisor James Sheridan opened the public discussion by stating he told Richard White, “We were thinking of 40 decibels or less and a quarter-mile setback.” White responded, “The purpose of these regulations is to protect the public. Any . . .
UPPER THUMB – Under proposed legislation that was introduced this week in Lansing, Michigan would generate 50 percent of its electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2035. Proponents say the package of bills would reduce energy costs, create jobs and build upon recently enacted energy laws. However, about 2,000 Huron County residents recently said “enough is enough” to wind development in a recent referendum. Huron County has more wind turbines than any county in Michigan. “We’ve got all this going with . . .
A Virginia-based clean energy corporation could have a wind farm operating in Isabella County in 2020. Apex Clean Energy has not yet filled out paperwork to operate in Isabella County but has entered into a lease agreement with a Nottawa Township dairy farming family and is currently looking at building as many as 200 turbines in Wise, Nottawa, Denver, Isabella and Deerfield townships, and potentially Gilmore Township, according to Albert Jongewaard, public affairs manager for the firm. Apex has cleared . . .
JACKSON, Mich. Construction of a Consumers Energy wind turbine project in Michigan is expected to start three years ahead of schedule. The Michigan Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the Jackson-based utility’s proposal to begin work in 2019 instead of 2022 on Cross Winds Energy Park III in Tuscola County. In 2016, the commission approved the utility’s plan to buy 19 wind turbine generators for its Cross Winds Energy Park II and an option to buy 33 more for the . . .
When the possibility of wind turbines became a reality in Ingersoll Township, a major concern for Supervisor Chuck Tabb was the possible division among neighbors, friends and even family members. Unfortunately, that concern has become a reality. At Monday night’s board meeting, Trustee Jim Terwillegar took issue with Tabb and the replacement of township planning commission member George Schaller. As a new business item on Monday, Terwillegar raised his concern regarding Tabb’s role in the resignation of Schaller from the . . .
BAD AXE – After being on the agenda for months, it appears that a local farmer will no longer be taking his 2016 complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy before the Huron County Planning Commission. “We don’t have the authority to do anything at the planning commission … with respect to the complaint resolution,” said Steve Allen, Huron County Corporate Counsel, at last week’s planning commission meeting. Robert Gaffke, a Bloomfield Township farmer, filed a complaint last fall regarding noise from a . . .
If there’s a lesson that can be gleaned from the May 2 wind energy referendums in Huron County, it’s that he who has the most doesn’t necessarily always become the victor. Not that the odds aren’t stacked in the wealthy’s favor. But when it comes the will of the people, money doesn’t always win. Campaign finance records that were released this week show that while wind development was defeated by a near 2-to-1 margin, pro-wind interests were funded over 200 . . .
BAD AXE – Residents and some planning officials think that a safety manual belonging to a wind construction company will provide clues to the overall safety of the turbines. The Huron County Planning Commission this week spent a lot of time debating disclosure of the Vestas manual, a copy of which has been provided to Jeff Smith, the county’s building and zoning administrator, by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, which is overseeing construction of the Apple Blossom Wind Park. Some county . . .
“The last thing I want to hear is a 55 decibel plus or minus wind turbine.” Not everyone is on board, as Isabella County planning commissioners held a public hearing to discuss zoning and wind energy. Currently wind turbines are allowed in the county, but Thursday they moved to change some of the standards and regulations. Some community members came out to share their concerns, while others came out to show their support. 9&10’s Whitney Amann has more from the . . .
A crowd on Thursday that spilled from a meeting room into a hallway at the Isabella County Building applauded when the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that county commissioners approve revisions to the current wind energy zoning ordinance. Planners made a few revisions to the revisions – reducing the noise maximum from 55 to 50 decibels, changing the height measurement of turbines to the tip of the blade instead of the hub, and the measurement of the noise from . . .