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.
Wind turbines? Chandler Township says bring ’em on; Another park planned — and its road budget soars
HURON COUNTY — After Meade Township voters decided against a wind energy project in May, Chandler, Oliver and Colfax leaders are welcoming DTE Energy’s new plan for a 30-turbine spread. Chandler Township supervisor Bill Renn says DTE talked with its planning commission two weeks ago about the “Pinnebog Wind Project.” Renn says the township approved a district for the project a year and a half ago. Oliver Township Supervisor Larry Krohn says some of the 30 turbines are planned for . . .
OLIVER TOWNSHIP — DTE Energy is looking at sites in Colfax, Oliver and Chandler townships for its newest wind park, according to a spokesperson. In Oliver Township, planners gave conditional approval this week for what DTE is calling a “project concept.” “We don’t have an official title, because it’s just a concept,” DTE Spokesperson Vanessa Waters told the Tribune via email. “That’s all we have right now.” Waters says DTE is exploring several potential wind energy projects, both outside and . . .
BAD AXE — Sound levels are within legal ranges at two of the county’s newest wind energy projects, officials recently reported. Huron County’s wind energy ordinance requires developers to conduct post-construction sound studies. Measurements were taken at DTE Energy’s Brookfield and Echo Wind parks. Both projects were completed in 2014. DTE officials say all turbines complied with the county ordinance, and meet state and federal requirements. Massachusetts-based Epsilon Associates Inc. conducted the testing in a process approved by Huron officials. . . .
HURON COUNTY — Complaint forms for all developers with wind farms in Huron County may be picked up at the Building and Zoning Office, located in room 102 in the County Building, or at individual township offices in townships that are self zoned. Huron County Building and Zoning Director Jeff Smith said during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting that the county should receive a response by Monday regarding a complaint filed against Exelon Corp. He said the company conducted a . . .
BAD AXE — Some residents may hear noise from wind turbines, but shelling out $27,000 can be a bit less audible. That’s the quietly accumulating bill the county faces from a Grand Rapids-based acoustics firm for its role in creating a new wind energy ordinance. Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to pay $7,000 to the firm to review the latest revisions to the wind turbine rule book. “We’re asking them to take the current draft, look through it,” review mostly sound . . .
BAD AXE — As officials further debate the chapters of a new rule book for wind projects, the threat of litigation against the county is becoming a recurring concern. In July, the attorney for the board of commissioners, Stephen Allen, cautioned that new wind energy regulations should be based on reason, rather than opinion, if the county is taken to court due to a restrictive ordinance. The 22-page draft wind ordinance is almost triple the length of the 2010 version. . . .
BAD AXE — Hell hath no fury like the electric skies of Mother Nature. That much is true, at least for some wind turbines in Huron County. “We have almost 17 blades that have been struck by lightning since we started,” said Dennis Buda, operations manager at DTE. Buda said lightning has struck 11 to 12 turbine blades owned by DTE in the Thumb area, while another five have been jolted at the utility’s Echo Wind Park, grounded mostly in . . .
BAD AXE — Exelon Generation is handling a complaint from an Ubly resident who describes wind turbines in one of the first wind parks built in the county as making “boom” or “bomb” noises. Mary Nowak, in a letter dated June 26 to Exelon, says since the turbines went online (in 2008), she’s had trouble sleeping. Even with earplugs in, when wind is blowing from the northwest, the turbines make a “boom/bomb in my ears,” the letter states. Exelon said . . .
BAD AXE — DTE Energy says its wind turbines were able to withstand 90-mph winds from the EF-1 tornado the National Weather Service confirmed in Owendale Sunday. Some turbines however, would bow to the storms’ fury, as lightning struck two blade tips in McKinley Township, Thumb Operations Manager Dennis Buda told county planners Wednesday night. Buda said DTE officials got phone alerts of the strikes. “We watch that very, very closely,” he said. Repair crews surveyed the turbines Wednesday afternoon . . .
ESCANABA – After more than a year of discussion, the Delta County Planning Commission has voted to hold a public hearing on the section of the county ordinance regarding wind turbines Aug. 31. The hearing was scheduled during the planning commission’s regular meeting Monday night. Last month, the Delta County Board of Commissioners sent the planning commission a letter asking them to expedite their decision-making process on the turbine issue. County Administrator Ryan Bergman said a few words about this . . .