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.
Some rural officials are concerned that a recent package of energy bills will encourage yet more wind turbines to be built in their communities, leaving residents to bear the physical burden they pose. The main thrust of the two-bill package is to increase renewable energy to 15 percent by 2021, attempting to wean the state off harmful coal fire pollution. It is sponsored by Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek. The state successfully reached its previous goal of 10 percent last . . .
SHERMAN TOWNSHIP – A NextEra Energy Resources official promised to pay $1,000 a year to anyone who owns property in the proposed Sherman Township wind overlay district Thursday at a special township meeting. Ryan Pumford, project manager for Huron Wind LLC, told a packed township hall that the energy giant will pay residents who do not have windmills on their property, no matter how much or how little property they own. Bryan Garner, manager of communications for NextEra, told the Tribune . . .
Most of our county officials should be recalled for keeping the future of the wind turbines secret; that includes State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso. When I asked him about wind turbines, he said, “Well, everyone makes money.” This goes to show that county officials were well aware of the turbines coming to our county without regard as to what most residents felt about them in their yards. While attending a meeting in Fairfield Township, it was apparent that 80 percent . . .
BAD AXE – A public hearing on a proposed wind development moratorium will take place at a special meeting of the Huron County Planning Commission at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Huron County Expo Center. The ban would prevent in county-zoned municipalities the issuance of permits, licenses and approvals of wind energy systems for five years, or until the county “has more definitive answers to the many issues related to the long-term operation of large-scale wind energy systems,” according to . . .
SCOTTVILLE – For four years, the Ray family has shut their blinds, drawn a shade or moved to a different room as they live with a strong glare coming off Lake Winds Energy Park turbine No. 28 coming through their windows. It’s wrong, argued attendees of Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mason County Planning Commission, where the results of paint gloss testing of turbine No. 28 were reviewed. The commission agreed. The gloss testing, conducted in October, found that multiple parts . . .
HURON COUNTY – A Sand Beach Township official has taken issue with how a recent petition against changes to the township wind ordinance was circulated. Township Supervisor Wade Mazure complained to the Huron County Board of Commissioners last week about a wind developer that he says hired someone to circulate a petition there. Bryan Garner, manager of communications for NextEra Energy Resources, said that the company did support the group that circulated the petition, which, he said, was comprised of citizens. . . .
The newly elected board in Ellington Township passed a one-year moratorium on allowing wind turbines into the township, and their counterparts in Almer Township could do the same next month. By a vote of 4-1, the Ellington board passed the one-year moratorium in a special meeting held Tuesday. The Almer Township also held a special meeting Tuesday and voted to discuss a similar moratorium at its Dec. 13 meeting. The actions could affect Tuscola III Wind Energy Park planned by . . .
An Almer Township family called the police on a company doing land surveying for a wind energy company and are telling their story wherever possible now. Brian Gyurko and Aaron Gyurko, both of Almer Township, described the incident during the comment portion of a Nov. 10 public hearing held by the Almer Township Planning Commission. The brothers later told The Advertiser they felt it was the right time to publicly announce the incident because they want people to know that . . .
TUSCOLA COUNTY – Newly elected members to the Almer Charter Township Board and to the Ellington Township Board of Trustees brought a new attitude about wind development. The two townships held back-to-back special meetings Tuesday at the Tuscola Technology Center, and each made similar motions about slowing down a wind development project in their townships that previous board members had started to put in place. The meeting was regarding NextEra Energy Resources’ plan to develop Tuscola III in the area, which . . .
UNIONVILLE – The steps to expand a wind farm in northern Tuscola County continue. The Akron Township Planning Commission will host a public hearing at 4 p.m., Wednesday at the township hall, 4280 Bay City-Forestville Road, Unionville. That hearing is for a special use permit for a utility grid wind energy system for the Consumers Energy Company. The special use permit application is for five collector (circuit) line to connect to an existing substation on West Hoppe Road. In September, Consumers . . .