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.
A report released by a commission created and appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed the state take steps to get 30 percent of its electric energy by 2025 through renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy. The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report echoes a 2015 goal expressed by Snyder of having “a minimum of 30 percent clean energy – and potentially much more.” A press release on the report calls for natural gas to be included as a . . .
DTE officials have stated that the wind turbine project in Ingersoll Township is in the “very, very early” stages of development. But, initial feedback from township residents wasn’t very positive for DTE. Wednesday night saw nearly 200 people pack Ingersoll Township for a special meeting of the township board. Of the 20 people that spoke during the public comment portion, 15 were opposed to the wind turbines, two were in favor of them and three others were seeking more information . . .
CASS CITY – Although there is no wind farm development planned in the near future in Novesta Township, some land owners have been contacted by solar companies about development. Because of that, the township’s planning commission recommended a resolution for a moratorium on wind farms and solar farms as well as on Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) businesses for nine months (or until the planning commission updates it current zoning ordinance). The board acted upon a recommendation by Attorney Brian Garner. “The . . .
A second lawsuit has been filed with connections to the proposed $200 million Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Tuscola County. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Tuscola County Circuit Court against Ellington Township and newly appointed township planning commissioners Eric Zbytowski and Ed Talaski. Former Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood, along with David Vollmar and Ronald Cybulski – all leaseholders for Tuscola III – filed the suit. They are represented by Caro-based attorney George Holmes. Known as a “Quo Warranto” proceeding, . . .
HURON COUNTY – A candidate for the Huron County Planning Commission says that officials who have wind-energy contracts may have a conflict of interest. But the outgoing head of the commission disagrees. For a number of years, five of nine Huron County planning commissioners had wind contracts, said Robert McLean, vice chair of the Paris Township Planning Commission. He was a member of the former Huron County Wind Energy Zoning Committee, and is running for a seat on the county planning . . .
DTE Energy is evaluating land in the Washington Township area of Gratiot County, and surrounding townships, for a potential wind farm project and are seeking land leases from property owners for it. Officials from DTE Energy met with the Washington Township board and about 20 residents Thursday during the board’s monthly meeting at the township hall to explain the wind farm building process and to answer questions regarding land leases. “We’re early on in the process; the step we’re at . . .
The possibility of a wind park in Ingersoll Township has some residents concerned. But, DTE spokesperson Scotty Kehoe said the company is still in the exploration stage of determining where wind conditions and land would be appropriate for wind turbines. “We’re so early in the process and are now just evaluating what areas might be a possibility,” said Kehoe, DTE Energy regional manager for corporate and government affairs. “We’re meeting with land owners to discuss interest before we even begin . . .
OWOSSO TWP. – Owosso Township will not be allowing any wind turbine operation to be established in the township, at least not before Jan. 8, 2018. Monday, the Township Board approved an ordinance that imposes a year-long moratorium on wind energy conversion systems, giving township officials time to review, adopt and amend local rules relating to wind farms. Subscription Required
TUSCOLA COUNTY – The residents of Almer Charter Township will have an opportunity to have a voice on wind farm development in their township. Township officials approved a wind ordinance on Aug. 31, 2016. Because of provisions in the wind development ordinance, a petition to take the issue to a referendum vote was filed. That issue will be on the May 2 ballot. The ballot issue asks: “Shall Almer Charter Township Ordinance No. 2016-1, which amends Sections 801 (special uses), 1101 . . .
Here are six bullet points assembled that every citizen in Huron County should read and ponder as we decide the future of Huron County. We need to demand a full spectrum of wind turbine testing including low frequency noise. The following applies: 1. It is widely recognized by acousticians that the sound that penetrates a building and causes sleep disturbance comprise primarily the low-frequency components from a noise source. 2. Although the higher frequency “dBA” components are the most audible . . .