Wind Power News: Michigan
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This wind turbine in Bloomfield Township is one of two turbines that recently broke in the Deerfield Wind Energy Project. According to Jeff Smith, Huron County Building and Zoning director, a third turbine had a damaged blade in that park. The turbines are owned by Algonquin Power, of Ontario, Canada, and they are being built and tested by Vestas. Despite numerous attempts on Monday, the Tribune could not get any information from Algonquin Power. A spokesperson indicated the company will . . .
BAD AXE – Huron County officials are tackling another wind overlay district application, for which a public hearing was held Wednesday night at the Huron County Expo Center. The Huron County Planning Commission will revisit the application by Huron Wind LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources) in November, once a map has been drawn that shows parcels whose owners want to opt out of the district. The commission received several letters from landowners without contracts with NextEra that do not . . .
Lame duck members of the Bridgehampton Township Board have rejected proposed amendments for stricter zoning on wind energy systems. And the company that’s attempting to build a wind farm in the township is calling for a public hearing on its special land use application under the current zoning rules. On a 3-1 vote last Thursday, outgoing Supervisor Mike Haggerty, Clerk Sue Bower and Trustee Dianne Detgen turned down the amendments recommended by the planning commission that required longer setbacks for . . .
Over the past several years, we have seen hundreds of wind turbines built in Mid-Michigan and the Thumb, but a proposal to create a new wind farm is meeting with some resistance. There are people in northwestern Shiawassee County that live in a quiet, rural setting. They don’t like the noise and flicker that would come with a wind farm and they don’t like the lack of notice they were given. Apex Clean Energy has built this tower to measure . . .
SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP – A township official says that the recently adopted changes to Sand Beach Township’s wind ordinance are not meant to keep wind turbines out. “We are not excluding them,” Township Supervisor Wade Mazure said. “If they can get the decibels of the turbines where it is set (in the ordinance), they can bring them in.” Following an hour-long public hearing last week, the township board voted unanimously to adopt the changes. NextEra Energy Resources has taken steps to . . .
BAD AXE – A public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Huron County Expo Center for a proposed wind overlay district by NextEra Energy Resources. County-zoned Sherman Township and Sigel Townships account for 15,480 acres and 2,560 acres of the district, respectively. Sand Beach Township, which is self-zoned, accounts for part of the wind park, and so does Delaware Township in Sanilac County. The public hearing applies to Sherman and Sigel townships. NextEra has applied for the . . .
BAD AXE – The vote for a DTE Energy proposed wind overlay district has once again been delayed. The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 Tuesday morning to visit the issue at its Oct. 25 meeting once information has been acquired regarding the placement of turbines. Commissioners voting to delay the decision were Sami Khoury, John A. Nugent, David G. Peruski and Ron Wruble, with Clark Elftman, Rich Swartzendruber and John L. Bodis voting no on the motion, which was . . .
HURON COUNTY – A recent study of 183 DTE Energy wind turbines found that bird and bat deaths per megawatt is just above average compared to other wind parks in the Midwest. “We’re not the highest, but we’re just above average (in bird deaths),” said Dennis Buda, operations manager for Thumb Wind Parks at DTE. “We are almost in the middle of all of the bat fatality rates, and that is on a per megawatt install basis in all of the . . .
After hitting the 10% level required by law, Michigan’s two major utilities appear to be throttling back on adding new renewable energy sources now that they can set their own pace for becoming greener. That means ratepayers for DTE Energy and Consumers Energy will likely see stable monthly bills in the near future. But those desiring more local action to reduce greenhouse gas and address global climate change may be in for disappointment. “DTE and Consumers Energy have kind of . . .
TUSCOLA COUNTY – Almer Charter Township officials moved forward with necessary steps for development of a wind farm, and some residents have taken steps to oppose it. Wednesday township officials selected the engineering firm of Spicer Group of Saginaw to help the township’s planning commission through the process. “Spicer will help with the engineering of the wind farm, reviewing the permits for the turbines, and with public hearings,” said Almer Charter Township Clerk Peggy Reavey. “The cost for everything is estimated . . .