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.
In the letter of March 7, 2014, it appears the writer is confused about zoning in general and “exclusionary zoning” in particular, which misleads readers. “Exclusionary zoning” means no turbines would be permitted. “Restrictive zoning” means turbines are allowed under certain conditions. The Sherman Township Planning Commission has been repeatedly presented with evidence that Michigan has one of the strongest legal foundations for “restrictive” wind turbine zoning in the USA, including a presentation by Susan Topp, an expert. In Jonacheck . . .
TUSTIN — A spokesman for a wind energy company has confirmed it is exploring the potential for wind development in Osceola County and has been granted a permit to install a temporary tower for measuring wind speed. Installation of a 196-foot tall wind measurement tower to be erected by energy company NextEra has been approved by the Sherman Township Planning Commission, according to commission Secretary Tasha Lapinski. Lapinksi said the permit for the temporary tower, which will gauge wind speed . . .
On 2-4-2014, NEXTera got what it wanted from the Sherman Planning Commission: permission to build a 196.85-foot wind-measurement tower. It will be as tall as a 19-story building, be lighted at night, and be built on land leased from a non-resident. A large majority of people attending the PC meeting were opposed to granting NEXTera the permit. The planning commission, as in the past, ignored them. A majority attending the 2.11 Sherman board meeting also opposed wind development. Supervisor Eggle . . .
SCOTTVILLE — The Lake Winds Energy Park post construction sound survey report is in and it’s not music to anyone’s ears. Some residents are calling for an immediate shut down of the turbines in question. Others want answers. The findings show that at least some, if not all, of the wind turbines produce sound which exceeds the maximum level allowed under the Mason County noise ordinance. Sound was recorded at five test sites located on non-pooled/non-participating property owners’ land. The . . .
BAD AXE — At a Committee Meeting of the Whole earlier this week, the Huron County Board of Commissioners discussed the 40-acre expansion to the Huron County Landfill in Sheridan Township. Commissioner John Nugent said he attended a meeting in Lake Township where Angelo Caranagno, general manager for Emterra Environmental, spoke to a crowd and answered questions. Lake Township, which is on the fence on whether or not it wants to approve the county’s landfill expansion project, sent a letter . . .
THUMB AREA — After getting nearly six inches of snow in the Thumb area Monday night, it might not seem like it but spring is only a few weeks away. This month, NextEra Energy LLC’s announced its “Pheasant Run Wind Farm” in Huron County is about to become operational. With its 88 turbines, the park is the largest in Huron County. That wind farm is located in the townships of Sebewaing, Fair Haven, Grant, Oliver, Winsor, and Brookfield. When the . . .
A plan to address excessive noise issues at a Northern Michigan wind plant won’t work, a sound expert said. Additionally, he said he thinks Consumers Energy, which has offered the plan, knows it won’t work. On Feb. 7, Consumers Energy submitted a mitigation plan to address noise levels at its Lake Winds Energy Plant, located south of Ludington in Mason County. The submission of this plan was ordered by the 51st Circuit Court, where the utility is contesting the county’s ruling . . .
How is it, many ask, that wind developers can make money in places like Rose Lake or Hartwick townships in Osceola County? These are not windy places, but NEXTera is leasing there (and elsewhere). Now there is an answer: 590-foot tall wind turbines, described by manufacturer GE as “the world’s most efficient high output brilliant wind turbine. The first wind turbine to combine world-class efficiency and power output at low wind speed sites capturing a 25 percent increase in efficiency . . .
In an effort to increase the U.S.’s renewable energy portfolio, the wind industry has grown tremendously. Michigan is now home to just under 700 turbines, but not everyone is happy about the growing wind farm industry. There have been many complaints about wind turbines, including shadow flicker, decreasing property value, noise and endangering wildlife. Some people who reside near wind farms claim that the turbines are making them ill. Jerry Punch is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communicative . . .
Educating Ann Arbor area students about wind power might still take place with funding from a U.S. Department of Energy grant. But that teaching won’t take place in the context of a demonstration wind turbine the city of Ann Arbor had hoped to construct with the federal money. That’s because Ann Arbor Public Schools has informed the city that the district won’t be partnering with the city on the construction of a 100-150 foot tall, 60kW wind turbine on school . . .