Wind Power News: Michigan
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HURON COUNTY — Wind energy is ablaze with rumors, misinformation and inaccuracies aplenty, with both proponents and opponents fueling the fire. Debunking some claims can be difficult, but Huron County officials say a diagram circulating in the county doesn’t paint an accurate picture. The diagram, which Meade Township resident Dale Ricker said he has circulated on Facebook and other social networks and provided to county commissioners and the Tribune, shows areas where landowners wouldn’t be able to build on their . . .
As Michigan increasingly banks on wind power to drive the expansion of its renewable energy portfolio, wind farm projects are increasingly stirring up turbulence with the people next door to the turbines. Most recently, neighbors of a 14-turbine wind farm in the Upper Peninsula community of Garden filed a lawsuit against the developer in U.S. District Court last month, alleging the project’s noise has harmed their quality of life and property values. In Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb — a . . .
With all the media hype going around, we need to focus on the issues of most importance to all of the citizens of Huron County. We can’t let the almighty dollar rule and forever ruin our pristine landscape and peaceful country life only to pad the pockets of a few individuals and turn longtime friends and neighbors into the Hatfields and the McCoys! What would Huron County do if no wind turbines ever came? We would survive as we have . . .
A third wind farm may be sprouting in Sanilac County soon. But plans have yet to officially planted. Invenergy of Chicago has been collecting property easements since 2004 in Argyle, Lamotte and Moore townships for the purpose of building a wind farm. Invenergy plans to spread its wind turbines across 25,000 acres of private land. The number of wind turbines planned and the construction time line has not yet been determined, according to a press release from Invenergy. The project . . .
BAD AXE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrote to the county in October to say land area within three miles of the Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay shorelines needs to be protected from wind energy development. Months later, planners gave the go-ahead to a developer with plans to put at least 20 wind turbines within two to three miles of Saginaw Bay. On Tuesday, County Commissioner Ron Wruble questioned why a developer would ignore the federal agency’s directive. . . .
BAD AXE — If you haven’t been to a planning commission meeting this year — or even within the past year — get ready to mark March 4 on the calendar. That’s when county planners have set a hearing to get input on a six-month moratorium on wind energy. After the public has had their say, planners are expected to weigh in and bounce it back to county commissioners for a final decision. Planners have moved the meeting from their . . .
The community of Garden is divided over 14 wind turbines on a few residents’ properties. Heritage Sustainable Energy officials were at Tuesday night’s Township Meeting. The CEO answered questions and presented a check for Heritage’s winter taxes. Michele Goldi doesn’t have any turbines on her property, but she still feels Heritage has been a great asset to the community. “I think that we’re lucky to have them here,” said Goldi. “They’ve been doing a lot of things for our community, . . .
BAD AXE — It took four hours and three votes, but Huron County commissioners have moved forward on a moratorium on wind energy. On Tuesday, the board voted 5-2 to send to the planning commission an amendment to the county’s wind ordinance. It would allow a six-month halt on wind development. Now, planners are expected to make a recommendation. The board isn’t scheduled to vote on a moratorium until March 10, after they receive advice from planners. The board’s attorney, . . .
BAD AXE — Huron County commissioners on Tuesday sought a candidate to join eight others on the planning commission, which will advise on whether to impose a halt for up to six months on wind energy development. The board chose one of its own for the job. Commissioner David Peruski will serve as the ninth county planner, in a decision that “stinks to the high heavens,” according to Commissioner Clark Elftman. Peruski also serves as chair of the Wind Energy . . .
MUSKEGON, MI – Visions of large, white wind-energy blades sweeping up the horizon have faded five years since a wind farm was proposed for Lake Michigan off the West Michigan coast. Five years ago, Scandia Wind created quite a stir by proposing a large wind-energy project, generating much discussion and debate in West Michigan, especially in Mason, Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. After months of talk in 2009 and 2010, the discussion of putting wind turbines in Lake Michigan has . . .