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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.


September 24, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sand Beach wind energy ordinance too quiet for developer

SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP – As NextEra Energy Resources attempts to establish a wind park there, Sand Beach Township has taken action to govern wind turbine noise. The Sand Beach Township Planning Commission recently introduced amendments to its 2013 wind ordinance, which would limit sound to 40 decibels (dBA) during the day, and 35 dBA and night for landowners who have wind turbines. For residents without turbines, the limit would be 35 dBA during the day, and 30 dBA at night. “It . . .

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September 24, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra files for $200M wind farm in Tuscola County

For the second time in a week, a renewable energy company has filed plans to construct a wind turbine project in Tuscola County – this time the $200 million Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Almer, Ellington, and Fairgrove townships. Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. planned to file applications for special use permits in Almer and Ellington townships Friday evening, after The Advertiser’s press time. The company expects to file in Fairgrove Township Monday. Company officials said the . . .

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September 22, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Consumers files for $250M wind farm expansion in Tuscola County

Jackson-based Consumers Energy expects to break ground next spring on phase two of its Cross Winds Energy Park – part of a new $250 million investment that will bring 52 new wind turbines to Tuscola County. Officials representing Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), applied for a special land use permit Friday for Cross Winds Phase II and Cross Winds Phase III, both in Columbia Township. Phase II plans call for 19 GE wind turbines while Phase . . .

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September 22, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Unionville wind park will expand

UNIONVILLE – Consumers Energy officials filed paperwork for special use permits for 19 turbines to be built as phase two of their Cross Winds Energy Park, and there is a possibility 33 more turbines could be built if phase three is developed. “Securing special land use permits would give us the option to build a third phase in the future,” said Consumers Energy Community Engagement Manager Dennis Marvin. “Columbia Township Zoning members will review the permits, there will be a public . . .

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September 20, 2016 • Michigan, New York, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Push for wind farms along Great Lakes sparks controversy

On the Atwater Farm, a commercial dairy farm near Lake Ontario, the sound of diesel trucks thunders through the air as they bring in loads of harvested corn for cow feed. Susan Atwater and her husband Ben are the sixth generation to run this farm. It’s been around since the mid-1800s and is one of the oldest in New York State. It hasn’t been easy making it in the dairy business. With the summer drought, this year been has been . . .

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September 17, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County-selected energy company plans solar, wind arrays at wastewater site

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Muskegon County recently secured an energy company to develop solar and wind arrays on the county’s 11,000-acre wastewater treatment facility. In a lease signed last month, the county agreed to lease 1,908 acres of facility land to Tradewind Energy for the construction of solar arrays. The county signed another lease with the Kansas energy company to develop portions of the 11,000 acres into wind farms, said Dave Johnson, wastewater director for the facility. The solar panels would . . .

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September 17, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County headed toward 473 wind turbines, but long term number is at least 566

HURON COUNTY – There are 473 wind turbines in Huron County that are standing or have been scheduled for construction. A cap of 550, recently proposed by County Commissioner Clark Elftman, would not leave room for the two current proposed wind overlay zones. DTE Energy would like to build another 50-70 turbines in Lincoln, Dwight, Bloomfield and Sigel townships. “DTE Energy believes this newly proposed cap is unnecessary,” said Jennifer Wilt, communication specialist for DTE. “… The County effectively implemented a . . .

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September 16, 2016 • Editorials, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

In our opinion: Wind farm

Several townships in south Berrien County potentially face a massive decision in the coming year or two, as the Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy company eyes the area for a huge wind farm project. We are certainly intrigued by the Apex proposal, but like many residents in the townships of Galien, Weesaw, Baroda, Buchanan and Three Oaks, we really want to hear more about the potential benefits and drawbacks. But make no mistake, now is the time for residents of these . . .

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September 15, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Exelon agrees to settle wind turbine tax appeals

HURON COUNTY – Exelon Corp. recently settled three years worth of wind turbine tax appeals, which officials hope may set a standard for hundreds of remaining appeals in Huron County. The settled appeals are for disputed assessed values of 79 turbines in Bingham, Sheridan, Chandler, McKinley and Oliver townships, as submitted in a report to the Huron County Board of Commissioners this week. Turbines outside of Huron County were also included in the settlement. The value of nearly every standing turbine . . .

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September 15, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County discusses proposed wind turbine cap of 550

BAD AXE – A late motion to cap the number of wind turbines in Huron County was tabled at Tuesday’s Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting. The cap number would be 550 under the resolution added to the agenda by Commissioner Clark Elftman. “This cap would not affect those whose overlays have been approved,” states the resolution. The board voted 6-1 to table the issue for up to 90 days, pending information about how many turbines are currently in the county, . . .

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