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 — Are local businesses already making layoffs, following the county board’s recent move to prohibit new wind energy projects for up to six months? One county commissioner says so. But some businesses told the Tribune it hasn’t gotten to that point — yet. Last week, at a county board meeting, Commissioner Clark Elftman said he had called around to ask if the moratorium on new wind projects would affect businesses near Bay Port and Pigeon. He said six . . .
BAD AXE — Wind turbines would face stiffer regulation under proposed changes to the county’s wind ordinance. After more than a year of work, a committee drafting the changes is “99.6 percent” done, according to David Peruski, committee chair and county commissioner. The committee aims to better regulate future wind projects and provide protection for residents. They’ve met weekly to add to and update what some officials say is an outdated and deficient ordinance. Members include county commissioners and planners; . . .
FAIRGROVE — The company that built the first and second wind farms in Tuscola County is studying the possible development of a third. The Fairgrove Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, regarding NextEra’s Energy Resources’ request for a special land use permit to place two anemometers (meteorological towers) with one in Section 21 and the other near Ringle Road in Section 23 near Deckerville Road. The company’s special use application is available for . . .
HURON COUNTY — Acting to avoid a threatened lawsuit, commissioners reached an agreement with Geronimo Huron Wind representatives Tuesday to revise the wind development moratorium to exclude two developers. In exchange for revising the moratorium, Geronimo agreed to revise its site plan to relocate turbines that were to be placed within three miles of the shoreline, which was a point of contention with commissioners, and promised not to sue the county for violating its right to due process county as . . .
BAD AXE — Attorneys say a deal made with Geronimo Energy will save the county from being sued after it made a last-minute decision to disallow the developer from building its wind turbine project. The deal allows developers Geronimo and RES Americas to move forward with their projects, while the majority of Huron County townships remain under a moratorium with no new projects allowed for up to the next six months. County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a compromise . . .
BALTIC – In a move aimed at blocking development of a wind farm on and around Whealkate Bluff, the Adams Township Board voted Monday not to amend a wind farm ordinance to allow turbines closer to homes than originally intended. The move came at the end of a packed meeting in which more than 100 township residents made it clear most would prefer not to see the wind turbines on their skyline. “The ordinance will stay the same, the way . . .
BALTIC – In a move aimed at blocking development of a wind farm on and around Whealkate Bluff, the Adams Township Board of Trustees voted Monday not to amend a wind farm ordinance to allow turbines closer to homes than originally intended. The move came at the end of a packed public meeting in which well over 100 township residents made it vocally clear most would prefer not to see the wind turbines on their skyline. “The ordinance will stay . . .
Residents in Adams Township are taking a stand against a proposed wind farm. At a public meeting in Baltic, concerned citizens packed the township hall to hear a presentation by representatives from Farm Wind Energy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At issue was a request by Farm Wind Energy developer Dave Hokens to amend a local ordinance that prohibits wind turbines from being closer than 3,000 feet from any adjacent property lines, roads or houses. Hokens wanted that . . .
Local officials at Michigan’s ground zero for wind energy are telling wind developers “enough is enough.” Huron County has 328 wind turbines, more than all of the other Michigan counties combined. But it has just enacted a moratorium on any additional ones until stricter regulations for industrial wind turbines can be put in place. “What this means is no turbines for people who don’t want them,” Huron County Commissioner John Nugent said. “The people who want them can still have . . .
ADAMS TOWNSHIP – Residents will have their say Monday in a decision that could determine the Range Towns’ skyline for generations to come, when the Adams Township Board hosts a town hall meeting to discuss the township’s windmill ordinance. The ordinance, adopted in October after the township learned of serious interest from wind farm developer Farm Wind Energy, current requires wind turbines be set back at least 3,000 feet from adjacent property lines, roads or homes. Farm Wind says that . . .