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.
The Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based energy company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. The company needs special land use permit (often referred to as a “SLUP”) approval to construct the 19 . . .
More than 400 “defective” motors are being replaced on 134 wind turbines in Tuscola County due to a design flaw that has neighbors complaining of loud clunking noises. A representative of NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. said Thursday that the replacements on wind turbines within two of Tuscola County’s “wind farms” are well underway, not only to address the loud clunking but also because the motors are likely to fail. He disclosed the information when providing the Gilford Township Board of . . .
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP – Algonquin Power officials say the Deerfield Wind Energy Project should be commissioned in a couple more weeks. Two blades broke on separate turbines in the wind park this fall. Officials at a recent Huron County Planning Commission meeting discussed the repair issue. Commission Chairman Clark Brock, who lives near the operation, noted that not all turbines were turning. Officials also said Algonquin Power personnel were working late hours over the Christmas holiday to get the turbines up and . . .
HURON COUNTY – While the bulk of the Huron County Planning Commission meeting focused on wind energy, two other matters required attention. The commission approved Ace- Saginaw Paving’s request to construct a 20-foot-by-36-foot asphalt heating and storage building at 2747 Priemer Road in Ubly on agricultural zoned land. Representatives of the Saginawbased firm said during the meeting that building will shelter existing equipment and offer protection from the elements. The plans will now be reviewed by Building & Zoning. Wallace Stone . . .
BAD AXE – The sound made by wind turbines makes for a lot of heated discussion at public meetings in Huron County. Jeff Smith, Huron County building and zoning director, clarified how much sound is allowed from the turbines last week before the Huron County Planning Commission. He said the sound restrictions in Huron County’s wind ordinance are consistent with, or more restrictive than, the World Health Organization (WHO) standards. “One thing we get questioned quite often on is how the . . .
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI – A one-year moratorium has been enacted on a proposed wind energy farm to allow officials to check on regulations before making a decision on whether or not to allow work to move forward. The Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners approved the moratorium last month, but the Virginia-based company that’s spent time chatting with local officials and residents has said it will continue to push forward with plans for the Maple Rapids Wind project. Apex Energy has floated . . .
The roughly 800-page application filed by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. to build part of a $200 million wind turbine project in Almer Township didn’t go far enough, local officials said Wednesday. The Almer Township Planning Commission voted Wednesday 3-1 to deny recommending the township board of trustees approve the application that would allow NextEra Energy Resources (NEER) to construct the “Tuscola III Wind Energy Center.” NEER filed the application for special land-use permit on Sept. 23, 2016, . . .
HURON COUNTY – When many Huron County residents answered a knock on their door in recent months, they were greeted by someone asking them to sign a wind energy-related petition. And it looks like the drive for signatures will continue in the cold winter weather until the deadline for submission prior to the expected May election. Huron County Planning Commission officials noted Wednesday that a notice of intent to circulate a petition protesting county approval of a wind overlay district in . . .
HURON COUNTY – Commissioners voted 5-1 to again halt wind-energy development during their final meeting of the year, Thursday, Dec. 29. Clark Elftman voted against the one year moratorium. Ron Wruble, who proposed the idea of a five-year break in new wind development after hearing multiple turbine-related complaints from constituents, was absent from the meeting due to the death of a close family member. John Nugent, who is also a member of the planning commission, said county planners reviewed Wruble’s proposal . . .
The Almer Township Planning Commission is required to make a recommendation today about an application for a special land-use permit, exactly 100 days since NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. filed the paperwork for a $200 million wind turbine project. That means it all comes down to a meeting set for 6 p.m. this evening (Jan. 4) at the Tuscola Technology Center in Caro (1401 Cleaver Road). Already, the planning commission has spent more than six hours in public meetings on the . . .