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.
OLIVER TOWNSHIP — Detroit Edison is moving forward with its plans for what is being called the Pinnebog Wind Park to be located in Chandler, Colfax and Oliver townships. DTE Project Engineer Paul Funk updated the Oliver Township board and told them that information had been given to engineers so that they can complete noise, wildlife and flicker studies. Funk told the board that DTE hopes to put together a full application and have a electronic version ready by the . . .
ESCANABA – A crowd of about 70 people attended a Delta County Board of Commissioners meeting on the county’s ordinance regarding wind turbines Tuesday. No formal decisions on the ordinance were made during the meeting. Instead, commissioners welcomed public comments about the turbines, heard a review of the ordinance’s history, and were given a chance to voice any concerns they had about the document. During the meeting, Zoning and Building Administrator Dan Menacher spoke about the planning commission’s involvement with . . .
A new DTE wind park in Chandler, Colfax and Oliver Townships is moving into the next phase of development, but also with a few hurdles. At the Oliver Township Board meeting Tuesday night in Elkton, DTE representatives said that they hope to file the necessary documents for full application of the Pinnebog Wind Project by the end of this month. They also are hoping to do the same for the other two townships in that time frame. Three participating landowners . . .
ESCANABA – Proposed amendments to the sections of Delta County’s ordinance concerning wind turbines will be the sole subject of the next Delta County Board of Commissioners meeting. This meeting will be held at the Delta County Service Center Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. County Administrator Ryan Bergman said the choice to focus on this issue for an entire meeting was made because of how high-profile it has become over the past few years. “It’s an issue that’s been very controversial, . . .
HURON COUNTY — The frustration felt by county planners after a draft of the proposed wind ordinance was reviewed by sound experts and returned with seemingly incomprehensible scientific terminology was significantly reduced after the experts explained the changes. Acoustics by Design President Kenric Van Wyk walked Huron County Board of Commission and Planning Commission members through the changes during a special joint meeting Sept. 16. The current version of the draft limits turbine noise and shadow flicker; restricts turbines from . . .
BAD AXE — Should every wind turbine in the county be tested for its sound? County officials mulled the answer at a special meeting Wednesday night in Huron County Circuit Court. In the courtroom, commissioners, sound consultants and developers took to padded seats in the jury box. Planning Chair Clark Brock and Building and Zoning Director Jeff Smith took spots on either side of the judge’s seat. Planners set up at counsel tables, across from the jury box. At the . . .
MCKINLEY TOWNSHIP, MI — A new, 100-megawatt wind farm is coming to Michigan’s Thumb, and Consumers Energy has entered into an agreement to purchase renewable energy from it. Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, has entered into a long-term agreement with Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy to buy electricity from the Apple Blossom Wind Farm to be located in Huron County, according to a Consumers Energy news release. The wind farm will span an estimated 11,000 acres in McKinley and Winsor townships. On-site . . .
BAD AXE — On Wednesday, county planners, commissioners and wind energy developers, along with their sound consultants and an independent acoustics firm, all plan to be under the same roof to continue ironing out the future of wind turbines in Huron County. The special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the county building in room 305. At the meeting, the public will have a chance to speak first, according to the agenda. Then, officials will continue revising a . . .
BAD AXE — A county commissioner says conflicts with a colleague are “getting personal” while “gravely affecting me and my family.” Clark Elftman made the claims Tuesday before commissioners unanimously agreed to remove David Peruski from roles as the board’s vice chair of the safety committee and legislative committee member. Peruski was also taken off as an alternate to the Thumb Area Michigan Works! board. He said he requested the removals. Elftman, who remains on the committees, said Peruski is . . .
While the Huron County Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners have butted heads over several details of revisions to wind turbine zoning regulations, they strongly concur in three areas: the new ordinance must be enforceable, defendable in court and comprehensible to the general public. The boards discovered writing an ordinance that meets all three of those goals is a challenge after a draft sent to sound consultants Acoustics by Design came back with multiple revisions, many of which make . . .