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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


February 6, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

150 more turbines scheduled to go up this year

BAD AXE — Developers have their eyes set on spring, when they plan to plant another 150 wind turbines in Huron County soil. Traverse City-based Heritage Energy says it has finalized 14 sites for Gamesa 2.1 megawatt turbines, which will join 10 others built in Rubicon Township in late 2014. Heritage Vice President of Operations Rick Wilson says the developer has made siting adjustments to minimize impacts to agricultural land and farming operations. He said there are only five or . . .

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February 3, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Township officials defend their wind farm deals

A Bridgehampton Township resident says township officials voted on ordinance changes favorable to a wind farm project even as those same officials stood to gain from leases they had with the energy company. Roger Knight feels township officials shouldn’t have voted on the windmill zoning ordinance changes because of their leases with Exelon, a company with plans to construct 68 windmills across three Sanilac County townships. “It’s the wrong way of doing business,” Knight said. “There’s nothing fair about it.” . . .

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January 28, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sheriff: ‘Heavy damage’ after vehicle intentionally hits Porta-Potty at wind turbine site

DWIGHT TOWNSHIP — A PolyJohn Porta-Potty was intentionally driven into by a vehicle and heavily damaged at the site where a new wind project is being built in northern Huron County, the sheriff’s office says. Authorities say the incident happened between Friday, Jan. 22, and early Saturday morning, Jan. 23, at a construction site off Sullivan Road north of Schott Road. Dale Johnson, owner of Great Lakes Portable Toilet Rentals, is offering a $300 reward for information leading to an . . .

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January 27, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra plans Tuscola III wind farm

NextEra Energy Resources Inc. plans to file an application for its third Tuscola County wind park within two months, but area landowners say they’re already against it. Steven Stengel, director of communications at NextEra Energy Resources, said the company hopes to break ground on the 100-megawatt park by the end of 2016. He said he wasn’t sure how many turbines the new park would include, but the similar-sized Tuscola Wind II Energy Park generates 100.3 megawatts and consists of 59 . . .

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January 17, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Organization concerned wind turbines threaten private airstrip’s safety

HURON COUNTY — The increasing number of wind turbines threatens the ability for a McKinley Township landowner to safely operate a private airstrip, an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association official said in a letter addressed to the county. “Recently, the ability for general aviation pilots and the landowner to arrive and depart the facility safely has been threatened by an increasing number of wind turbines — specifically wind turbine T-30,” Bryan Budds, Great Lakes Regional Manager of the Maryland-based nonprofit, . . .

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January 15, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

475 … Plans set for county turbine count to surge

HURON COUNTY — Developers this year plan to build nearly 150 wind turbines in the state’s unofficial wind energy capital, boosting Huron County’s total count to about 475. Although halted by the frozen ground, here’s a look at the limited work done so far in 2016 and where developers plan to pick back up in the spring: Deerfield Wind project Almost half the 150 incoming turbines would be part of the Deerfield Wind project in Huron, Bloomfield, Dwight and Lincoln . . .

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January 12, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Township officials defend their wind farm deals

A Bridgehampton Township resident says township officials voted on ordinance changes favorable to a wind farm project even as those same officials stood to gain from leases they had with the energy company. Roger Knight feels township officials shouldn’t have voted on the windmill zoning ordinance changes because of their leases with Exelon, a company with plans to construct 68 windmills across three Sanilac County townships. “It’s the wrong way of doing business,” Knight said. “There’s nothing fair about it.” . . .

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January 1, 2016 • Illinois, Letters, Michigan, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Taxpayers are funding the wind-energy hype

Regarding the Associated Press story by David A. Lieb “Renewable energy efforts stymied by some transmission road blocks” (online Dec. 22): I find the article and title very misleading. This article reads like a promotional advertisement by the American Wind Energy Association shaming landowners who are stymieing progress. The title would be more accurate of the situation if it read “Private investors’ attempt to acquire valuable easements using eminent domain masked by claims of renewable energy transmission.” The article paints . . .

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A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . .

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December 6, 2015 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Consumers counters on wind energy sound test deal

Consumers Energy’s attorney, Adam Smith, has sent a letter to the Mason County Board of Commissioners asking the commissioners to consider changes to a proposed settlement between the county and the utility. The proposed “consent judgement” as amended by Consumers would alter the list of potential sound consultants, outline testing procedures at location 2, narrow the terms under which sound consultant HGC’s past data may be used and would clean up other language in the document. Smith’s letter outlines each . . .

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