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.
RUTH – Where will the turbines be located? This was the most common question asked by people attending an open house of NextEra Energy Resources on Tuesday night at the Ruth Knights of Columbus Hall. As wind energy protesters picketed outside, Bryan Garner, manager of communications for NextEra Energy Resources, explained that there are a number of steps to go through in the process of establishing a wind overlay district before it is known exactly where the turbines will be built. . . .
BAD AXE – An issue that has been dividing both residents and public officials in Huron County will go before the Huron County Board of Commissioners for a vote Tuesday morning. Three consecutive public hearings will be held at the Huron Expo Center pertaining to a wind overlay district request by DTE Energy in Lincoln, Dwight, Sigel and Bloomfield townships, starting at 9:20 a.m. Located at the Huron Community Fairgrounds, the entire regular meeting of the Huron County Board of Commissioners . . .
GALIEN – Weesaw Township has rules barring wind farms, but that’s not the case for the four other Berrien County townships being eyed as a possible location. And the prospect of wind farms drew a curious crowd to Wednesday night’s Galien Township Board meeting, though developers didn’t show up as many in the audience expected. News of the wind turbine farm proposal broke last month when Apex Clean Energy Co. officials held a meeting with property owners. The company is looking . . .
Plans may have been derailed for several officials in Almer and Ellington townships seeking re-election, but the $200 million Tuscola III “wind farm” project remains on track. Bryan Garner, manager of communications at Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C., told The Advertiser the company is pushing forward with Tuscola III, regardless of who’s in office. “We are fortunate to have terrific landowners who have been patient and are eager to participate in the Tuscola III wind project,” Garner said. . . .
BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP – This township joins many others in the area that are waiting for the Michigan Tax Tribunal to decide whether or not they owe money to wind developers. “(You’ve) just got to ride it out and see what happens,” township assessor Doug Powers told the township board this week. “You might have to pay some back. Maybe all of it, maybe part of it, maybe none of it. I would guess probably part of it. That’s usually what happens” . . .
Consumers Energy has filed applications with the Federal Aviation Administration for 55 new wind turbines in Columbia Township, a result of several factors accelerating development of Cross Winds Energy Park II. The 55 applications were filed July 13. Consumers’ original Cross Winds Energy Park in Akron and Columbia townships went into operation in 2014 and consists of 62 turbines and cost about $250 million. Officials at Jackson-based Consumers Energy said it was too early to call anything definite, but noted . . .
The Tuscola County Planning Commission won’t rush to review potential changes to Almer Township’s wind ordinance, but chances are it won’t recommend many – or any – alterations to it anyway. That’s according to Zygmunt Dworzecki, chairman, Tuscola County Planning Commission, who said the planning commission essentially compares any zoning ordinance changes that comes before it with a checklist about one page long and flags anything that might be an issue. The last time the Tuscola County Planning Commission recommended . . .
A Virginia based builder of wind farms wants to build one in Berrien County. Apex Clean Energy plans to have up to 40 turbines dot the landscape and the official effort to sign landowners to lease agreements is underway. “Anywhere from 28 to 40 (turbines) depending on how man property owners they can get involved,” said Weesaw Township Trustee Gary Sommers. “They have offered a contract which is actually a lease for the land that they’re wanting to get involved . . .
Subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. have filed 112 new petitions against Tuscola County and several townships, once again contesting millions in taxes paid and forcing local jurisdictions to sit on revenue from wind turbines. Tuscola Bay Wind L.L.C. and Tuscola Wind II L.L.C. filed the petitions with the Michigan Tax Tribunal against Tuscola County and Gilford, Akron, and Fairgrove townships at the end of May. The state court verified the petitions July 19. For the third year in a . . .
When you finish reading these comments and events of the past several months concerning wind turbines, ask yourself, “Don’t any of these issues raise a red flag?” If you feel that most, many or even just some of these raise red flags, then why would the present Almer and Ellington Township Board officials even consider installing 500’ tall wind turbines so close to our homes without more research? Wind lease owners must sign a confidentiality agreement whereby they can’t be . . .