Wind Power News: Michigan
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HURON COUNTY — Planners hoped to finish reviewing and revising proposed changes to the wind turbine section of the zoning ordinance during a special meeting, but opted to set another meeting rather than rush through decisions that could forever change the landscape of Huron County. The Huron County Planning Commission made some changes as they worked through the revised ordinance, which a Wind Energy Zoning Committee worked for more than a year to update. Several planning commissioners questioned why the . . .
Turbine rules are too much to tackle in one meeting; Huron County planners discuss sound levels, flicker
BAD AXE — Clark Brock, the county planning commission chairman, came to a realization Wednesday. “We are not going to get through this document tonight,” he said, after planners spent more than two hours forging through proposed new rules governing wind turbines. He was right. For more than 18 months, a committee worked to overhaul the county’s 2010 wind energy ordinance. On Wednesday, planners gave their first full review of the draft. They made it halfway through the 22-page document. . . .
Residents in Moore Township have halted a proposed project to develop a wind farm in Sanilac County. In February, it was announced that Chicago-based company, Invenergy, would be placing wind turbines on 25,000 acres of private land in Argyle, Lamotte, Moore and Wheatland townships. The Moore Township board of trustees passed an ordinance at the beginning of May that would allow developers to build wind turbines within 750 feet of a non-participating property line. Non-participating property means the resident has . . .
BAD AXE — County planners are scheduled to give their first full response to a “complete rewrite” of wind energy regulations in a special meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday at the county building. Following the meeting, planners will need to schedule a separate public hearing before the revised wind ordinance can move forward. If approved, changes would restrict wind turbines from being erected within three miles of the shoreline, limit turbine height and increase minimum setbacks from property, public roads and . . .
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is developing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential of issuing incidental take permits for protected bird and bat species if regional wind industry development grows. According to a news release by the service, the states within the plan are Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It is called the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. The draft is being prepared by the service, state wildlife agencies from seven . . .
Court rules against townships in wind farm dispute; Clinton County townships approve new regulations on proposed wind farm
The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled for the second time in less than a year against three Clinton County townships in their efforts to block a proposed wind farm. The 2-1 ruling was made by a panel that included judges Amy Krause, Cynthia Stephens and Kurtis Wilder, who voted against denying the motion. In the decision, Wilder wrote that while he no longer believed the township’s wind farm regulations were stricter that the Clinton County zoning ordinance they “do . . .
BAD AXE — It was a full house at the Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing on Wednesday, where attorneys, wind advocates and members of the public were in attendance to hear the board’s 6-1 decision to approve a waiver variance for the county’s moratorium on wind energy projects. The variance was granted to Heritage Energy to add 15 turbines to the Big Turtle Wind Farm in Rubicon and Bloomfield townships. This was the first time the ZBA has been . . .
HURON COUNTY — The Huron County Planning Commission unanimously voted to hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. June 24 to specifically address proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance dealing with wind turbines. During their regular meeting June 3, planning commissioners agreed the wind turbine issue has monopolized the board’s meetings and hampered their ability to address other county planning issues. Chairman Clark Brock expressed hope that by the end of the special meeting, commissioners will be ready to . . .
After hearing several people in the audience urge them to approve changes to the Mason County zoning ordinance regarding placement of future wind turbines in the county, the county board did unanimously approve those changes. “Thank you for approving the revisions. It was a lot of work,” Evelyn Bergaila, who lives inside the current Lake Winds Energy Park zone, told the board after the vote. She had previously attended all the planning commission meetings over the past year while the . . .
BAD AXE — Geronimo Energy is adding four locations for wind turbines to its 29-turbine project, while another developer will go before an appeals board for a variance to be exempted from the county’s moratorium on wind energy. David Shiflett, project manager at Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy, told county planners last week of plans to add four additional turbine locations to the Apple Blossom project in Winsor and McKinley townships. All locations are three miles or more from the shoreline, he . . .