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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


October 17, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Michigan embarks on renewable energy public, company information campaign

A new initiative in Michigan to encourage and guide individuals and businesses in the transition to clean energy has been launched by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Public Service Commission. Called MI Power Grid, the initiative will serve as a centralized source for information and is designed to engage utility customers and other stakeholders to help integrate new clean energy technologies. It also will produce feedback to help utilities optimize grid investments for reliable, affordable electricity service. The MIPowerGrid.com . . . Complete story »


October 14, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Apex nearing site choices for its 136 Isabella project turbines

Within the next couple of weeks, Apex Clean Energy LLC will start letting property owners in northern Isabella County know where they plan to build their 136 wind turbines. Originally, they were permitted to construct 157, but after switching to a shorter turbine that generates more power they found they could get by with fewer, said Albert Jongewaard, Apex’s development manager. Seven of the sites originally slated for turbines that won’t get them are in Vernon Township. They were removed . . . Complete story »


October 10, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm meets resistance

WHEATLAND TWP. – Plans to construct a 166-megawatt commercial wind farm in Hillsdale County have some residents up in arms. On Tuesday, upwards of two dozen protestors gathered outside Wheatland Township Hall to picket before a board of trustees meeting. They carried signs expressing their opposition to the project, which would see an unknown number of wind turbines erected in Adams, Moscow and Wheatland townships. Chris Pollard, one of the organizers behind Tuesday’s demonstration, said his group, which call themselves the . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

State regulator gives Consumers Energy OK to recover cost of wind farm

Lansing – State utility regulators on Monday approved Consumers Energy’s request to recover the full cost of its purchase of a 166-megawatt wind farm in Hillsdale County. On July 31, Consumers requested the Michigan Public Service Commission approve its bid to recover the full cost of its build-transfer contract with Crescent Wind LLC. The contract requires Crescent Wind to engineer, construct, install, start up, and test the wind farm in Adams, Moscow and Wheatland townships, then sell it to the Jackson-based . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Planners discuss turbines in master plan update

BAD AXE – The Huron County Planning Commission finally heard updates about the revisions to the county’s Master Plan at this week’s meeting. Alan Bean, a project planner for Spicer Group, spoke at Wednesday’s meeting about the changes – mostly dealing with renewable energy – and the planners discussed what they wanted to be included. In a section dealing with wind turbines, the planners wanted information included about how residents voted down two separate proposals for wind overlay districts in 2017. Planner . . . Complete story »


October 1, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County planning commission gives final official greenlight to wind project

An Isabella County wind project that created two years worth of drama received its final approval last week in almost anti-climactic fashion. The Isabella County Planning Commission gave its approval to site plans for 82 wind turbines slated for construction in Nottawa and Gilmore townships at a special meeting Sept. 23. It was the second meeting and a third was scheduled for Oct. 23, but that one was canceled. Approval of the site plans, making sure that individual turbines adhere . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE to request bids for solar and wind projects

One of Michigan’s largest utilities is looking to purchase electricity from solar- and wind-powered producers to help meet government-mandated and its own renewable energy goals. DTE Energy is seeking to buy 25 to 200 megawatts of electricity from solar projects and 100 to 200 megawatts from wind projects, the company said. The company will consider projects reaching commercial operation between 2021 and 2023. The open bid will look for participation from large and small developers, the company said in a . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sherwood planning passes wind turbine ordinance

SHERWOOD TOWNSHIP – After 22 months of work, the Sherwood Township Planning Commission has recommend the first Wind Turbine control ordinance to its township board. After an 8-0 vote, it will go to the township for its Nov. 4 meeting. The detailed ordinance will need a few minor amendments but is essentially the draft put together by Chris Khorey of consultants McKenna and Associates. While it has the support of Concerned Citizens of Branch County, DTE Energy presented an analysis to . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine opponents gets boost from commission

Those opposed to the siting of wind turbines in the northwestern part of Branch County got a major boost from the Sherwood Township Planning Commission Tuesday night. The Planning Commission recommended on a 6-0 vote that the Township Board adopt an amendment to the Township Zoning Ordinance which would require a Special Use Permit for wind energy conversion systems. It would also establish what some regard as stringent regulations and standards. Sherwood Township officials have been dealing with the wind . . . Complete story »


September 6, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Batavia to wait on wind turbine zoning

BATAVIA TOWNSHIP – The Batavia Township Planning Commission is not yet ready to tackle a wind turbine ordinance, Trustee Mike Crenshaw told the township board Tuesday night. At the Aug. 26 planning meeting, Crenshaw said: “a lot of people stood up and told us what their wishes were.” A petition of 96 residents plus six letters were given to the commission. The number of names has not increased to 122. “The gist of it is they did not want them or . . . Complete story »


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