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.
Consumers Energy is appealing the 51st Circuit Court ruling that upheld Mason County’s determination that the Lake Winds Energy Plant near Ludington is in violation of the county’s 45-decibel noise ordinance. Arguing that the County’s decision was an “erroneous ruling,” the utility filed a 38-page appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals on July 18. In addition, Consumers Energy is saying that if the ruling by 51st Circuit Court Judge Richard Cooper were allowed to stand, it could have an . . .
Koehler Township resident Mike Cromley recently addressed the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners about wind turbines and how they could help the county. Cromley said while he was in the Upper Peninsula a couple of months ago, he came across a wind farm with several turbines, which he did not expect. “I corralled the manager, sat down and had a talk with him. He asked me where I was from, and I said Cheboygan County,” said Cromley. “And he said, . . .
LAKE TOWNSHIP — Planners in Lake Township have raised the restrictive bar in drafting a wind energy zoning ordinance. After a public hearing at the township hall on Wednesday, the planning commission agreed to send a draft to county planners and Lake Township board for review. The draft sets stricter setbacks for wind turbines from residences, and from Lake Huron, Rush Lake and game areas; reduces maximum sound levels; provides broader protection for wildlife and endangered species; defines specific height . . .
HURON COUNTY — DTE Energy is one of several developers with plans to construct new wind parks in the county. DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said a project spanning portions of Colfax and Meade townships is under development, but that it is too early to talk about details and “hopefully in the next few weeks, we’ll have something to say.” A completion date has been set for December 2015. Colfax Township Supervisor David Howard said some turbines would be located . . .
Three Michigan Court of Appeals judges hearing arguments on a proposed $120 million Clinton County wind farm Wednesday gave opposing lawyers the chance to persuade them whether county zoning or more restrictive township ordinances govern the project. After 40 minutes of legal wrangling, the judges complimented the lawyers and adjourned the hearing without revealing where they stood or when they might rule. The county vs. townships question has been at the heart of the dispute that brought the renewable project . . .
Six years into his attempt to bring a $120 million wind-energy project to Clinton County, Tim Brown has investors, leased farmland and a special use permit, but he hasn’t built any turbines or found a buyer for the power he hopes to produce. On Wednesday, his stalled project faces a hearing before Michigan Court of Appeals judges who could resolve the impasse. If things break in Brown’s favor, the three judges – or at least two of them – might . . .
TRAVERSE CITY — The nation’s first utility-grade wind turbine stands dormant, a 160-foot statue that overlooks Grand Traverse Bay, but its blades could spin again under new ownership if a deal can be struck with a local wind farm operator. Heritage Sustainable Energy of Traverse City offered the lone bid to buy the windmill off M-72 in Elmwood Township at a price that initially astounded its owners, Traverse City Light & Power. Heritage’s $1,100 offer for the 18-year-old windmill came . . .
The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan — particularly wind — has picked up in the past few years and could get more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, advocates and utility companies say. “Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in Michigan,” John Quackenbush, the chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, said recently as he addressed green energy proponents at the . . .
SEBEWAING TOWNSHIP — A wind turbine at Pheasant Run Wind Project requires replacement of a failed gearbox, while 15 turbines will remain shut down to repair drain tile, according to Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. In a June 16 letter sent to the Huron County Building and Zoning office, NextEra said Pheasant Run is “operating as expected and under normal conditions,” and that the company is repairing drain tile broken during construction. Shutdowns will continue Monday through Friday until the end . . .
Michigan’s 51st Circuit Court has ruled that Mason County was justified in determining that wind turbines at the Lake Winds Industrial Wind Plant near Ludington are too noisy. In his June 16 decision, Judge Richard Cooper denied Consumer Energy’s appeal to have the court overturn the county’s finding that the wind plant was exceeding the county’s established decibel level limits. In a highly technical explanation, Judge Cooper said it was reasonable for the county to take into account the impact . . .