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.
Voters in Bridgehampton and Marion townships will decide if recent zoning amendments related to proposed wind farm developments should be approved or rescinded. Citizens in both townships placed the zoning changes on the Aug. 2 primary ballot through referendum petitions. The zoning amendments in both townships are connected to plans by energy giant Exelon Corporation for wind farm development in Custer, Bridgehampton, Marion and Washington townships. In Marion, the referendum was prompted by the township board’s approval of an expanded . . .
ESCANABA – Representatives of Heritage Sustainable Energy, LLC and Garden Township have indicated that they are working toward a settlement on an ongoing lawsuit between them. This was discussed during a supplemental pre-trial hearing held in Delta County Circuit Court Monday morning. The lawsuit in question concerns noise ordinances in Garden Township. Representatives of Heritage have alleged that these ordinances would not allow them to profitably operate its Garden Peninsula wind farm. While the suit was originally set for a . . .
An energy company planning to build wind turbines in Sanilac County is expecting to make some progress in the next few weeks that could allow the project to move forward. Exelon is planning on constructing 68 wind turbines across Bridgehampton, Marion and Washington townships. In addition, Custer Township would have supporting equipment, but no actual turbines. The 499-foot turbines have generated much controversy in the past year, delaying the project from moving forward. Residents have been concerned about setback changes . . .
CASS CITY – Proponents of wind energy in the Thumb hosted the final of four “community conversations” Monday night at Cass City High School, and the majority of the audience left in favor of wind turbines. Wind Works Michigan touted benefits to the tax base and local economy, farmland preservation, and stable farm income as reasons why wind energy is good for rural communities. Gratiot County is considered a national model for wind farm planning, said Donald Schurr, president of Greater . . .
CASS CITY – Proponents of wind energy in the Thumb held the final of four “community conversations” Monday night and a majority who attended left in favor of wind turbines. Wind Works Michigan touted benefits to the tax base and local economy, farmland preservation, and stable farm income as reasons why wind energy is good for rural communities. Gratiot County is looked at as a national model for wind farm planning, said Donald Schurr, president of Greater Gratiot Development, Inc. . . .
ALMER TWP. – The Almer Township Planning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday on proposed changes to its wind ordinance, but the board voted to table the matter after a motion called “disturbing” was put forth. The commission voted 3-3 on the recommended changes, effectively deciding to not recommend changes. Commission members Jim Mantey, Norm Daniels, and Kelly Avery voted no with Brian Schriber, Robert Braem and Darwin Rushlo voting yes. Commission member Jason Emery was absent. The board then voted . . .
ELLINGTON TWP. – Members of the Ellington Township Board of Trustees took no action Tuesday night when several residents, along with a lawyer, urged them to toughen a township zoning ordinance regarding wind turbines – or face a lawsuit. “I guess I wonder what it’s going to take, because I’m willing to write (attorney Joshua) Nolan a check tonight to proceed,” resident Bobbie Mozden said. “I’m also entrusting in him fully that he will bring us the justice that we’re . . .
The attorney for group of citizens in Tuscola County sent a letter to several Ellington Township officials Friday, threatening legal action over what they call a “tainted ordinance” regarding wind turbines .” A letter sent to Ellington Township Trustee Michael Wagner – and CC’d to several others – from attorney Josh Nolan details why the group believes a conflict of interest exists. The group asserts Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood inappropriately made a motion to amend Ellington Township’s existing wind . . .
Our commissioners want to blame the state and federal government instead of accepting responsibility for what they have allowed to happen in Huron County. From 2005, when the first wind development began in Ubly, residents were voicing their concern and opposition to the inadequate regulations the county created with the help of the wind developer. The commissioners did not listen but were looking for the money. For the past 11 years, many concerned residents and several professionals have offered input, . . .
BAD AXE – Approval of a new 39,000-acre wind farm is now in the hands of the Huron County Board of Commissioners. The Huron County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the district by a 7-2 vote in a packed Huron County District Courtroom. But voters could have the final say. If the commissioners approve the project, the issue could then go to a referendum if a valid petition is filed, planning commissioners said. DTE wants to build 50 to 70 new . . .