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.
Three Michigan Court of Appeals judges hearing arguments on a proposed $120 million Clinton County wind farm Wednesday gave opposing lawyers the chance to persuade them whether county zoning or more restrictive township ordinances govern the project. After 40 minutes of legal wrangling, the judges complimented the lawyers and adjourned the hearing without revealing where they stood or when they might rule. The county vs. townships question has been at the heart of the dispute that brought the renewable project . . .
Six years into his attempt to bring a $120 million wind-energy project to Clinton County, Tim Brown has investors, leased farmland and a special use permit, but he hasn’t built any turbines or found a buyer for the power he hopes to produce. On Wednesday, his stalled project faces a hearing before Michigan Court of Appeals judges who could resolve the impasse. If things break in Brown’s favor, the three judges – or at least two of them – might . . .
TRAVERSE CITY — The nation’s first utility-grade wind turbine stands dormant, a 160-foot statue that overlooks Grand Traverse Bay, but its blades could spin again under new ownership if a deal can be struck with a local wind farm operator. Heritage Sustainable Energy of Traverse City offered the lone bid to buy the windmill off M-72 in Elmwood Township at a price that initially astounded its owners, Traverse City Light & Power. Heritage’s $1,100 offer for the 18-year-old windmill came . . .
The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan — particularly wind — has picked up in the past few years and could get more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, advocates and utility companies say. “Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in Michigan,” John Quackenbush, the chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, said recently as he addressed green energy proponents at the . . .
SEBEWAING TOWNSHIP — A wind turbine at Pheasant Run Wind Project requires replacement of a failed gearbox, while 15 turbines will remain shut down to repair drain tile, according to Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. In a June 16 letter sent to the Huron County Building and Zoning office, NextEra said Pheasant Run is “operating as expected and under normal conditions,” and that the company is repairing drain tile broken during construction. Shutdowns will continue Monday through Friday until the end . . .
Michigan’s 51st Circuit Court has ruled that Mason County was justified in determining that wind turbines at the Lake Winds Industrial Wind Plant near Ludington are too noisy. In his June 16 decision, Judge Richard Cooper denied Consumer Energy’s appeal to have the court overturn the county’s finding that the wind plant was exceeding the county’s established decibel level limits. In a highly technical explanation, Judge Cooper said it was reasonable for the county to take into account the impact . . .
SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY – Since the beginning, Garden residents have been divided over wind turbines, and their placement on resident’s property. In hopes of avoiding this, Schoolcraft County board members passed an ordinance requiring wind turbines to be built over 3,000 feet from a residence’s property line. Although there are no wind turbines in Schoolcraft County at this time, Heritage Wind Energy said they are possibly interested in developing this territory. The county residents are already divided on this issue. “People . . .
UPPER THUMB — Construction recently started for the final phase of ITC Transmission’s 140-mile Thumb Loop high-voltage transmission line in Huron County. The transmission line connects Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola and St. Clair counties. ITC says it will serve as the “backbone” of a system designed to meet the identified maximum wind energy potential of the Thumb region, and will be capable of supporting a maximum capacity of about 5,000 megawatts generated from 2,800 wind turbines. “It’s the largest product in . . .
Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed legislation that ends Ohio’s in-state wind energy mandate and also signed a measure to keep wind turbines farther away from neighboring property. Gov. Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 on June 13. Wind plants in Ohio, unlike in Michigan, will now have to try to compete with cheaper wind generated electricity from states where wind power is produced more efficiently. In addition, the legislation freezes the state’s overall renewable energy mandate for two years, while . . .
I signed a wind turbine lease in 2008. If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have signed. Since the turbines went up I have had frequent headaches lasting three days. I never had these before. My mother has ringing in her ears and headaches. I have spoken to others in the community who have been affected by the turbines. One has dizzy spells. Another does not feel healthy until she leaves McBain. They are now planning . . .