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.
GARDEN TOWNSHIP – “There is a nuisance in Garden Township, but it is not noise – it is odor,” a lawsuit filed by Garden wind farm operator Heritage Sustainable Energy, LLC in the 47th District Court on May 12 stated. “Garden Township’s actions…do not smell right.” Heritage’s lawsuit focuses on a pair of recently-adopted Garden Township noise ordinances – Ordinance 2014-1, and a revised version called Ordinance 2015-2. If it goes into effect on June 1 as scheduled, Ordinance 2015-2 . . .
GARDEN TOWNSHIP – Heritage Sustainable Energy is suing Garden Township for creating two noise ordinances that allegedly are unconstitutional, invalid, and were created with conflict of interest. The complaint was filed May 12th and deals specifically with Garden Township Ordinances 2014-1 and 2015-2. Heritage Energy is also claiming that Ordinances 2014-1 and 2015-2 are extremely restrictive when compared to the Delta County Zoning Ordinance. According to Ordinance 2014-1 “From the hours 10pm-6am the sound pressure levels must be 35 dB.” . . .
Planners, developers review new turbine rules; Companies get first look at limits, disagree with some
BAD AXE — County planners on Wednesday voiced initial reactions to a “complete rewrite” of wind energy regulations while reviewing a draft sent to private wind developers before it was available to the public. Several proposed changes, updates and additions mark stricter regulation for wind turbines. They include restricting turbines from being put within three miles of the shoreline; limiting turbine height; and increasing distances from property, public roads and power lines. More than 10 of the 22 pages add . . .
MEADE TOWNSHIP — After years of planning, Detroit Edison and the Meade Township Planning Commission will be back to the drawing board for a wind overlay district and wind park planned in Meade Township. Meade residents voted 222 to 147 to overturn a Meade Township Board decision made in November 2013 to approve the overlay district and allow DTE to move forward with its plans. The decision was challenged by a number of residents through a referendum petition circulated by . . .
MEADE TOWNSHIP — Sixty percent of voters have decided they don’t want to see wind turbines built in Meade Township as part of DTE Energy’s Meade Wind Park, according to unofficial election results. The results show voters defeated a proposal 222-147 that would have allowed DTE to continue a project with up to 48 wind turbines in the township. It was a “very important vote,” according to DTE spokesperson Scott Simons. “Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Simons said, adding that it was . . .
ESCANABA – The Delta County Planning Commission approved further changes to a proposed county ordinance amendment on wind turbines before a public hearing. The commission discussed the topics of wind turbine setbacks and shadow flicker at its regular meeting Monday. In the section regarding setbacks, the commission voted to require turbine setbacks be 1.1 times the height of the turbine from the edge of any roads and/or 2.2 times the height of the turbine from property lines. Additionally, the amendment . . .
MEADE TOWNSHIP — Developers will continue building two wind energy projects in the county, but voters will decide the fate of a third on Tuesday. The May 5 ballot question asks Meade Township voters whether DTE Energy’s 58-turbine Meade Wind Park should continue. Polls open 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m. at the Meade Hall, 2119 W. Filion Road. Voters need to bring a photo ID. In an effort to ramp up support for the wind project, DTE . . .
MCKINLEY TOWNSHIP — You had questions about wind energy. We asked, and on Wednesday, DTE Energy answered. As part of the media-only wind tour to its Brookfield Wind Farm, DTE took questions related to wind energy submitted by Tribune readers. Jeff Hall of Lincoln Township wondered what would happen if his property value decreased because of nearby turbines, especially if he didn’t sign a contract to participate in a wind energy project, and if DTE could help recoup the loss . . .
BAD AXE — County commissioners on Tuesday kept up their side of a deal that would help the county avoid being sued by a wind energy developer. They gave unanimous support to Geronimo Energy’s new plans for wind turbines on the west side of the county, as part of the terms attorneys drew up in an agreement reached two weeks ago that relieves the county from due process claims made against it by Geronimo. Honoring the developer’s part of the . . .
For more than seven months, the Mason County Planning Commission has been reviewing the text of “Section 17.0 Utility Grid Wind Systems” in the Mason County zoning ordinance. Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Amber Township Hall the commission will meet in special session to conduct a second public hearing on proposed changes stemming from what so far has been learned in the wake of Lake Winds Energy Park being built and going into operation in Riverton . . .