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.
LANSING – Three Clinton County townships are seeking a hearing before the Michigan Supreme Court in their legal battle against a proposed wind farm. Attorneys for Bengal, Dallas and Essex townships filed an application with the Supreme Court Tuesday, seeking an appeal from a decision rendered earlier this year by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The townships had approved regulations governing wind energy systems in response to a proposed wind farm by Forest Hill Energy-Fowler Farms LLC. The company has . . .
BAD AXE — With prohibition of new wind energy projects for Huron County set to expire today, county commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-3 to extend a moratorium for three more months. The extension will give officials more time to finish an overhaul of the 2010 wind energy ordinance. The new version will act as a more defined rule book developers must follow if they want to build projects in the county leading the state in the number of wind turbines, . . .
The most tumultuous issue in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bid to reshape Michigan’s energy policy is the battle over whether to require power companies to generate a certain quota of electricity through renewable sources. While environmentalists push for the expansion of a mandate that the major utilities get 10 percent of their electricity from such sources as wind and sunlight, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP legislative majority disagree. “I don’t think that’s required,” Snyder said following a March speech . . .
BAD AXE — On Tuesday, Board Chair John Nugent made county commissioners well aware of their power to change any proposed new regulations for wind turbines coming from county planners. But basing a change on opinion, rather than reason, it wouldn’t be wise, according to the board of commissioners’ attorney, Steve Allen. “We want our (wind energy) ordinance and its amendments viewed as based on reason,” Allen said. Nugent said he asked Allen to speak during Tuesday’s board meeting to . . .
BAD AXE — Hours of vetting new rules for wind turbines in Huron County came to an end Thursday. County planners will now send a doubly revised wind energy ordinance to Acoustics By Design, a Grand Rapids acoustics firm, for another set of eyes to validate changes — the majority of which were made in sections that cover sound and noise from turbines. However, Huron County is still at least a season away from getting a finalized wind turbine rule . . .
BAD AXE — In Huron County, reports of wind turbines causing death and miscarriages have circulated. Health officials say the claims are full of hot air. Gretchen Tenbusch, health officer for Huron and Tuscola counties’ health departments, said she had looked at five death certificates of individuals supposedly dying from wind turbines. Her review found that three of the people were “not even in a wind farm”; one had a heart attack and wind turbines couldn’t be linked to cause . . .
LANSING, MI – Michigan customers could decide how much renewable energy they purchase under a much-anticipated Senate energy plan. The energy proposal was more than a year in the making, and to the disappointment of environmental advocates, it does not include mandates for renewable energy or energy efficiency. But in a new twist in an old argument, people would be able to control their own renewable energy future. Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, introduced the bill that would allow this . . .
HURON COUNTY — Planners hoped to finish reviewing and revising proposed changes to the wind turbine section of the zoning ordinance during a special meeting, but opted to set another meeting rather than rush through decisions that could forever change the landscape of Huron County. The Huron County Planning Commission made some changes as they worked through the revised ordinance, which a Wind Energy Zoning Committee worked for more than a year to update. Several planning commissioners questioned why the . . .
Turbine rules are too much to tackle in one meeting; Huron County planners discuss sound levels, flicker
BAD AXE — Clark Brock, the county planning commission chairman, came to a realization Wednesday. “We are not going to get through this document tonight,” he said, after planners spent more than two hours forging through proposed new rules governing wind turbines. He was right. For more than 18 months, a committee worked to overhaul the county’s 2010 wind energy ordinance. On Wednesday, planners gave their first full review of the draft. They made it halfway through the 22-page document. . . .
Residents in Moore Township have halted a proposed project to develop a wind farm in Sanilac County. In February, it was announced that Chicago-based company, Invenergy, would be placing wind turbines on 25,000 acres of private land in Argyle, Lamotte, Moore and Wheatland townships. The Moore Township board of trustees passed an ordinance at the beginning of May that would allow developers to build wind turbines within 750 feet of a non-participating property line. Non-participating property means the resident has . . .