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.
Bridgehampton Township officials voted against a moratorium on wind development Thursday night, rankling residents already angry about ordinance changes favorable to a looming wind farm development. Supervisor Michael Haggerty said the township lawyer spoke with the board of trustees in closed session Thursday, advising them on the different types of moratoriums. After the closed session, board members voted 3-1 against a six-month moratorium. Trustee Katherine Kelly voted to approve the moratorium. Trustee Alan Innis was absent. “I felt that the . . .
After a lengthy discussion, an Almer Township Board meeting took a strange turn on Tuesday night when Planning Committee liaison Brian Schriber told the Board he felt they didn’t need to enact a moratorium on special use permits for wind turbines as recommended on a 6-1 vote of the planning commission. A motion was made to follow Schriber’s suggestion and passed with abstentions from Township Supervisor Jim Miklovic and Trustee Michael Putnam. The discussion also revealed that Trustee Charles Dennis . . .
LINCOLN TOWNSHIP – To say feelings are mixed on a plan to bring 50 to 70 more wind turbines to the area might be an understatement. Residents met in Lincoln Township this week to voice opinions on DTE Energy’s application for a new wind energy overlay district. A planning area covers more than 39,000 acres and 61 square miles across four townships: 22,080 in Lincoln and 5,760 each in Sigel, Dwight and Bloomfield. DTE says it expects the currently unnamed project . . .
BAD AXE – County planners want more time and input before taking action on DTE Energy’s plan to build 50 to 70 wind turbines in Huron County. The public got its first glimpse at the unnamed project at a March 30 hearing when close to 200 people packed into the Huron County Expo Center. Planners unanimously agreed to table any action, owing to a flood of information and letters they say arrived just before the meeting. Another meeting won’t be set . . .
An unknown entity has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permits to build 120 giant wind energy turbines across rugged and remote wild country from the Mt. Arvon area to Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains. The turbines would be 500 feet tall—approximately the height of a 50-story building. The FAA website indicates that the permits for all 120 turbines were applied for on Jan. 22, 2016. Perhaps but not necessarily related, FAA permits for a 46-turbine . . .
HURON COUNTY – A construction company and contractor put more than $7.4 million in liens on landowners involved in a wind energy project, but records show the new owner has posted bonds to remove the liens. The $303 million, 72-unit Deerfield wind project is under construction in northern Huron County. More than 220 landowners initially signed leases or agreements with Colorado-based RES Americas. The project changed ownership last fall, when Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities announced a 50 percent interest. Algonquin . . .
ELLINGTON TWP. – Ellington Township’s contentious wind ordinance was fast-tracked into law with little public input and almost entirely based on recommendations from one Saginaw engineering firm using what the company calls its “wind development experience and knowledge.” That’s according to emails obtained by The Advertiser through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act requesting all written communications between township officials and engineering firm Spicer Group from Jan.1, 2013 to March 15, 2016 and regarding wind turbines and/or the project known as ‘Tuscola . . .
UPPER THUMB – Ominous black spots on wind turbines in the Thumb have raised a few eyebrows. Huron County Building and Zoning Director Jeff Smith says residents have questioned what look like grease stains on six or seven turbines between Sebewaing and Owendale. “It was disturbing to see that,” Smith said, adding he drove through the area Monday. Seals on the turbine were coming out of bearing holders, Smith said, comparing it to a vehicle with a bad wheel bearing. He . . .
LANSING, MI – A new state law will require visible markings on temporary towers erected by the wind energy industry when siting locations for turbines. Public Act 28 of 2016 requires owners register meteorological evaluation towers 50 feet or higher with the Michigan Department of Transportation for inclusion in a directory. As of May 30, towers must be registered and painted alternating bands of orange and white, with guy wires attached to orange marker balls. Many towers fall just below the . . .
ELLINGTON TWP. – The Ellington Township Board of Trustees enacted a four-month moratorium on wind turbines at a special meeting Monday, essentially putting the Tuscola III wind farm project on hold. In a standing-room only meeting at the Ellington Township Hall, the board voted unanimously in favor of a 120-day moratorium. Duane Lockwood, supervisor, Ellington Township, excused himself from the meeting. Before voting on the moratorium, the board also voted unanimously to ask the Ellington Township Planning Commission to evaluate where . . .