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.
HURON COUNTY – On Tuesday, voters may decide the future of wind energy development in Huron County. County-zoned municipalities will determine the fate of two large proposed wind parks. One is primarily in Lincoln Township, and the other is primarily in Sherman Township. Lincoln Township voters will also choose whether to allow the township to form its own planning commission and become self-zoned. And Sand Beach voters will determine whether to support a change in its ordinance that limits sound, which . . .
BAD AXE – As two voter referendums on wind turbines approach, the finance chairman of the Huron County Board of Commissioners clarified how the turbines affect local tax revenue on Tuesday. Commissioner Ron Wruble reports the amount of taxes some people say the turbines generate does not necessarily equal what local schools, townships and the county will collect. “We don’t know how much we can keep,” Wruble said of the $8.1 million in revenue promised for 2016 for the county from . . .
BAD AXE – A DTE Energy president has made some guarantees in exchange for a “yes” vote in the upcoming May 2 referendum that will determine the fate of what could be DTE’s final wind park in Huron County. “If they do vote yes, and allow us to continue the development that’s been approved by the (Huron County Board of Commissioners), this is the last wind farm that DTE Energy will seek approval for and development here in the county,” said . . .
887 turbines here already; NextEra Energy sues Michigan rural townships for more. A renewable energy company that is worth $60 billion – and hasn’t paid federal income taxes for the last seven years – is among the country’s largest recipients of federal subsidies. It’s also suing a small Michigan township as it seeks to take advantage of a state law for its financial gain. NextEra Energy, based in Florida, has filed lawsuits in Michigan against Ellington Township and Almer Township seeking to . . .
St. Clair County officials are easing into talks about setting local regulations for windmill developments. Two meetings are set for next week for township supervisors and other planning officials about the process to possibly develop an ordinance that townships could adopt down the road. County Board Chairman Jeff Bohm said the discussion is so far “strictly informational.” He cited recent discussions with entities like DTE Energy, adding there could also be a solar energy component to the county’s talks. “There’s . . .
A heated debate is happening over wind energy in Mid-Michigan. Energy companies said they want to keep building turbines in Michigan’s wind rich Thumb, but some locals are saying enough is enough. It will be up for a vote of the people in less than a month. “I think the wind turbines are a no go,” said Tanner Carr, Huron County resident. Residents have mixed feelings about a push from DTE that is underway to bring a new wind park . . .
BAD AXE – Huron County should not look to the state legislature for help with getting its fair share of wind turbine tax revenue. State Rep. Edward Canfield provided an update on local and state issues to the Huron County Board of Commissioners earlier this week. The Michigan Legislature is in “district work period,” so the Sebewaing Republican was able to attend Tuesday morning’s meeting, where he updated the board on several issues and answered commissioners’ questions. Wind Energy Commissioner Ron . . .
Kevon Martis has been the leading activist working to halt the expansion of wind turbine developments in Michigan. The Riga Township man who founded the grass roots Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition has coined a new phrase to describe one of the reasons he cares – “trespass zoning.” The concept is that the industrial wind farms’ towers and spinning turbines require such large safety zones and noise setbacks that these extend onto neighbors’ property. Turbine blades can reach up to 600 feet . . .
BAD AXE – Residents and wind energy officials debated wind turbine noise Wednesday before the Huron County Planning Commission. During the meeting’s public comment, some county residents stated their opinion on how far away you can hear a wind turbine. Dennis O’Neil said that Robert Gaffke, who has a complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy’s Big Turtle II Wind Farm, would not be able to hear a turbine from three-quarters of a mile away. Sally Kain then stood up and said that . . .
One lone tower rising up in the distance on a hazy Michigan morning stands majestic. Five or six of them stationed in a group setting are “interestingly experimental.” But let’s face it, dozens of wind turbines dominating the horizon across countless square miles of open terrain on a bright sunny day has become, for most of us, an eyesore. The environmental movement righteously embraces the idea of renewable resources for energy production but the environmentalists’ fearmongering cloaked in the green . . .