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.
Moore Township officials must go back to the drawing board to draft a new wind turbine ordinance after their original draft was voted down during the Nov. 3 election. The ordinance was rejected by 246 votes to 181. At the beginning of 2015, Invenergy, a company based out of Chicago, announced plans to build wind turbines on 25,000 acres of private property in Moore, Argyle, Lamotte, and Wheatland townships. The Moore Township Board of Trustees passed an ordinance in May . . .
Huron County will have an updated wind energy ordinance effective Nov. 27 after action taken Tuesday by the Huron County Board of Commissioners. While some opponents say the new rules do not go far enough to protect residents, some argue the ordinance is too restrictive for wind energy developers. Commissioners voted 6-1 to adopt the ordinance without making any changes, which was recommended by the Huron County Planning Commission. Commissioner Sami Khouri cast the dissenting vote, saying the ordinance should . . .
BAD AXE — On the same day the governor signed into law a plan to fix Michigan roads, ending a lengthy debate in the Legislature, a local agreement was also reached: Huron County has a new, stricter and more defined rulebook to govern wind turbines. The 16-page wind energy ordinance, which county commissioners approved in a 6-1 vote Tuesday, finalizes an effort nearly two years in the making. Effective Nov. 27, notable changes for 16 county-zoned townships: • Increase wind . . .
ESCANABA – The Delta County Board of Commissioners and Delta County Planning Commission shared their views on proposed changes to the county’s wind turbine ordinance at a committee of the whole meeting Tuesday. No official decisions were made during this meeting. Instead, it was meant to give local government officials a chance to talk about the ordinance in a relatively informal setting. “This is our meeting for us to get some work done,” Board of Commissioners Chair Mary Harrington said. . . .
BAD AXE — Nearly two years of work came to a close in a two-hour session Wednesday night at the Huron County Expo Center, where officials agreed in a 7-2 vote to set sail the ship that is the new wind energy ordinance to county commissioners for a final decision. Follow along to see the night’s progression and the in-betweens. 6:55 — About 75 people file into rows of metal folding chairs, leaving the first two nearest county planners mostly . . .
ESCANABA – After tentatively adopting controversial revisions to the county’s ordinance on wind turbines at its Oct. 20 meeting, the Delta County Board voted Tuesday to reject this amendment and tentatively adopt a handful of new setbacks. The board chose not to adopt the amendment on a 4-1 vote. Commissioners cited the 1,640-foot setbacks from non-participating property lines listed in the amendment as a key reason behind their lack of support for it. “I think that what was decided on . . .
Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard has played a critical role in the development of more than 1,500 megawatts of wind capacity in the state since 2008. But according to the Michigan Public Service Commission, the amount of new wind contracts may have peaked by 2014 due in part to the standard leveling off at 10 percent by the end of this year, a target utilities are on track to hit. The trajectory of future wind development from here is anyone’s guess. . . .
As Moore Township in Sanilac County faces a wind referendum in the November election, a group of concerned citizens held a meeting on Saturday with experts in the fields of zoning and acoustics. About 80 people attended the meeting at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Argyle Township to discuss the makings of safe zoning ordinance and how the different sounds produced by wind turbines affect the body. Stating from the beginning that this was not an anti-wind meeting, organizer Raymond . . .
BAD AXE — Officials are questioning the fate of a $303 million wind energy project that has changed hands to a Canadian utility and is now on hold. Last week, the county’s building and zoning director said in an email a contract with the RES Americas construction group, poised to build 72 wind turbines in north and northeastern Huron County, has ended — halting the Deerfield Wind project until a new contractor is selected. Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities announced . . .
BAD AXE — Two weeks ago, County Commissioner Clark Elftman announced he wouldn’t run for public office again when his term expires next year, after a decade on the board. Reading from a list he regularly brings to meetings, Elftman’s only comment before moving to the next was that it “should make some people happy.” Then, perhaps another surprising statement: 484 wind turbines in Huron County is “enough.” “We’ve done our part for the state of Michigan,” Elftman later told . . .