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.
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Renewable energy firms from Kansas and Minnesota made competing pitches to Muskegon County officials on Thursday for development of a large tract land the county owns. A possible solar farm at the Muskegon County Wastewater treatment facility was the focus of presentations from Geronimo Energy of Edna, Minn. and Tradewind Energy of Lenexa, Kan. The county’s 11,000-acre facility in Moorland and Egelston Townships has large water treatment pools and farmland where the water is used. Gamesa . . .
The stalemate over possible wind ordinance changes continues in Ellington Township, where the board of trustees took no action on two issues put forth Tuesday – both related to the oftentimes contentious six-month debate over wind turbines planned for the community. The first issue on the table was a motion to end a four-month moratorium in place that prevents applications for wind turbines to be processed. With a 2-2 vote, the motion failed and the moratorium remains. The second topic . . .
A second wind energy company is taking Tuscola County and local townships to court over wind turbine taxes – a move viewed as frustrating by county officials as much-needed tax revenue must now be set aside to cover potential court-ordered payments. Jackson-based Consumers Energy Co. filed the petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal on May 31, contesting the assessed value of 62 turbines in its $250 million Cross Winds Energy Park in Akron and Columbia townships. Jackson-based Consumers Energy Co. . . .
A public hearing on proposed changes to the Almer Township wind ordinance is scheduled for July 13 after two planning commission meetings in the last two weeks. The June 6 meeting lasted nearly three hours and included seven motions related to proposed wind changes. A meeting held Thursday was only about 30 minutes and briefly reviewed the changes with minor adjustments. The Almer Township planning commission has been tasked by the township board of trustees with reviewing proposed changes to . . .
BAD AXE – Bottom line: you cannot opt-out once the contract is signed. Plain and simple. County commissioners received the legal opinion from Clark Hill PLC this week on how to handle requests from residents wanting to opt-out from DTE Energy’s new wind energy project. Previously, the county agreed to spend up to $5,000 to seek a legal opinion from the firm. DTE is planning to build 50 to 70 turbines spanning 61 square miles – mostly in Lincoln Township. The five-page . . .
ZEELAND – The Zeeland Board of Public Works could be adding more renewable energy to its portfolio in the coming years, eliminating the need to buy energy credits to meet state requirements. An agreement administered through the Michigan Public Power Agency Energy Services Project Agreement would allow the Zeeland BPW to buy up to 11.796 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from Huron Wind for 20 years. The MPPA would purchase more than 61 MW of capability, and Zeeland would commit to . . .
BAD AXE – The argument of “enough is enough” continued this week regarding a plan to bring up to 70 more wind turbines to the area. County planners listened to the support and opposition from several township residents during Wednesday’s meeting pertaining to DTE’s newest proposed wind project. The project covers more than 39,000 acres and 61 square miles across four townships. DTE Energy’s proposed wind energy overlay district spans 39,360 acres in the following townships: 22,080 in Lincoln and 5,760 . . .
BAD AXE – The decision, or rather legal opinion, on how the county should handle a request from many residents wanting to opt-out from a wind energy project will wait another month. DTE Energy is planning to build 50 to 70 wind turbines spanning 61 square miles. The area includes nearly all of Lincoln Township, where the plan has seen both positive and negative arguments from the public. Last month, planners and the county’s attorney, Steve Allen, made the decision to . . .
Driven by Republican support, Michigan lawmakers advanced a pair of comprehensive energy bills last week that seek to put more restrictions on the state’s electric choice program and limit clean energy standards. SB 438, which passed the Senate Energy and Technology Committee 7-3 along party lines, would hold a 10 percent renewable energy standard “floor” going forward and phase out Michigan’s successful energy efficiency program by 2021. The bill establishes a 35 percent clean energy goal by 2025, which would include energy efficiency and . . .
Contractors for DTE Energy Co. dismantled a wind turbine in Sebewaing Township this week after a gearbox failure. The GE brand turbine located near the intersection of Sebewaing and Gettel roads is one of 44 in Brookfield Wind Park, located in Brookfield, Fairhaven, Grant, Oliver, Sebewaing and Winsor townships. DTE bought Brookfield, which was previously called Pheasant Run II, from NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. in 2014. Jennifer Wilt, lead communications specialist, DTE, told The Advertiser that the blades had to . . .