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.
BAD AXE – The Huron County Planning Commission heard progress updates from three different wind farms in the county at this week’s meeting. A representative from the Apple Blossom Wind project told planners the access roads and foundations are in, and the entire project is about 75 percent complete. All turbine components are expected to be delivered by late August/early September, and within two weeks after that, they will begin assembling the components at a rate of at least four or . . .
BAD AXE – As Huron County wraps up its master plan, officials are getting closer to forming policy on commercial solar energy. The Huron County Planning Commission discussed the role of large-scale solar development and renewable energy in the county’s future this week at a master plan workshop. A Huron County survey by the Spicer Group last fall showed that 73 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with solar energy development. But officials wondered if the people were in support . . .
Multiple landowners in rural Isabella County have signed lease agreements for about 36,000 acres in total with at least one alternative energy company exploring the feasibility of building a wind farm across seven townships. Property owners in the deal include County Commissioners George Green and Frank Engler, who have contracts with to Apex Clean Energy not because of who they are, but because they happen to own land in a desired area, said Albert Jonewaard, the company’s public affairs manager. . . .
The business of wind generation is less than breezy these days for clean-energy producer NextEra Energy Resources. In Saginaw County, Mich., in late June, a blade on a 160-ft turbine snapped and was left dangling from its rotor (ENR 7/10 p. 4). The turbine is one of 75 at the 120-megawatt Tuscola Bay Wind Energy Center. Earlier in June at the Steele Flats wind farm in Nebraska, one of 44 turbines collapsed. On June 5, a 2.5-megawatt turbine at the . . .
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY – More than 50 people attended the June 28 meeting of the Shiawassee County Planning Board. Nearly all attended due to the wind energy ordinance the planning board is developing. The focus of the June 28 meeting was wind turbine setbacks. Planning Board member Peter Preston suggested a setback of 150 percent of the wind turbine height for primary structures (inhabited); 200 percent of the height for schools, churches and hospitals; and 100 percent for participating properties (those . . .
NextEra Energy, owner of the Steele Flats wind farm in southern Nebraska, has suffered at least four wind turbine calamities in recent weeks, including broken blades, a fire and a collapse. Steven Stengel, a spokesman for the Juno Beach, Florida-based energy company, said the incidents are under investigation in cooperation with the turbine manufacturers, but it could be weeks or months before they figure out causes. No injuries were reported because of the failures. “We have roughly 10,000 wind turbines . . .
SAGINAW, MI – The flat lands and rolling hills of rural Mid-Michigan and the Thumb have sprouted spikey exclamation points in a race for renewable, clean energy. Giant, white turbines dot otherwise pastoral landscapes. For some, these massive structures represent a critical step toward a clean-energy future. For landowners who agree to host turbines on their property, each one is a paycheck. But for others, the wind farms developing next door are cause for concern. In some communities, people have banded . . .
SAGINAW, MI – In the past decade, rural landscapes in the Thumb and elsewhere in Michigan have been radically altered by the advent of utility-scale wind farms. Even if you haven’t seen wind turbines towering over farmland, you might have seen the trucks hauling massive, white turbine blades on freeways. Up close, the whirling blades of wind turbines stretch for miles and miles across parts of Mid-Michigan and the Thumb. They are renewable energy signs of the times, welcomed by some, . . .
BLUMFIELD TWP, MI – The 160-foot blade of a wind turbine broke from its rotor Monday morning in rural Saginaw County and is now left dangling. Workers were alerted to the break when the wind turbine went offline Monday morning, June 26, said Bryan Garner, a spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources. Investigators believe the break was caused by an equipment malfunction and that it wasn’t weather-related, Garner said. “We believe this was an isolated equipment issue,” Garner said. “Blade failures are . . .
Scary moments for in rural Saginaw County. A wind turbine in Blumfield Township somehow failed crumpling two blades, mid air! The broken turbine is on Gera Road, near Hack. One blade is bent, the other is completely destroyed. It’s believe that strong winds are to blame, but we do not have conformation from the owner of the unit. Neighbors say they’re just glad it stayed together instead of crashing to the ground. An access drive to the blade was fenced . . .