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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


May 9, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County commissioners, DTE disagree over wind farm finances

HURON COUNTY – The Huron County Board of Commissioners rejected approving financial documents from DTE regarding its acquired wind farm near Harbor Beach in the county’s last meeting of April. DTE Energy had purchased 10 wind turbines that make up Phase 1 of the Big Turtle Wind Farm from Heritage Sustainable Energy in January. Commissioner Mary Babcock, the legislative committee chair, said the commissioners want DTE to follow the same tax schedule rules, escrow account deposit scheduling, and to change the . . . Complete story »


May 6, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

West Michigan township officials narrowly survive recall election

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Two Casnovia Township officials narrowly avoided losing their seats after residents voted not to recall them in a special election Tuesday. Township residents petitioned last year to recall Casnovia Township Clerk Jennie Powell and Trustee Daniel Winell, both Republicans, over their voting records on a controversial wind farm project that divided township residents and their elected officials for over a year. However, Powell beat nonpartisan challenger Carrie Schuman by 245 to 209 votes, according to unofficial . . . Complete story »


April 18, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

West Michigan officials facing recall election over controversial wind farm project

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – Two Casnovia Township officials are facing a recall election next month over their voting records on a controversial wind farm project that divided township residents and their elected officials for over a year. After residents filed a petition for their recall, Casnovia Township Clerk Jennie Powell and Trustee Daniel Winell, both Republicans, will be vying to keep their positions for the next seven months when voters cast ballots in the May 5 election. Voters, casting primarily . . . Complete story »


March 22, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE Energy submits revised energy plan

DTE Energy Co. in Detroit has filed a revised energy plan that has accepted all recommendations issued Feb. 20 by the Michigan Public Service Commission to increase renewable energy production, create more solar power resources, and boost energy waste reduction goals. “One of the key elements of our plan is our commitment to increase our annual energy savings goals to 1.75 percent in 2020 and 2 percent in 2021,” DTE said in a statement. “Expanding these energy efficiency goals will . . . Complete story »


March 10, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine proposal under FAA review

ROGERS CITY – The Federal Aviation Administration is evaluating whether proposed wind turbines in Moltke Township would obstruct air traffic at the Rogers City Airport. The FAA is evaluating 46 potential wind turbine locations, Presque Isle County Airport Manager Alan Stiller said. Stiller said he was told by the proposed wind turbine developers there would be 66 wind turbine locations. The FAA performs obstruction evaluations whenever a tall structure is planned within a 25-mile radius of the airport. He said a . . . Complete story »


March 7, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Matteson passes wind turbine control law

With no public comments Wednesday night, the Matteson Township board unanimously passed a planning ordinance amendment to regulate wind turbines. The large crowd of those who supported the law gave both the township and planning boards an ovation. Matteson becomes the second, after Sherwood Township, to enact a wind turbine law which requires special use permits, in the four township area targeted by DTE for a major wind farm. Union Township has no zoning. Batavia Township declared a moratorium until . . . Complete story »


March 2, 2020 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are costly and not so environmentally friendly

As stated in my Dec. 5, 2019, Monroe News letter to the editor (There’s More to the Renewable Energy Story) wind turbine generators only generate electricity 30 to 40% of the time and suffer from a cube power law: If the wind speed drops by 10% electrical output drops 30%. What’s not reported or is common knowledge is that large wind turbine generators consume electricity from the electrical grid to operate and manufacturers of large wind turbine generators do not . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Planning board approves wind turbine ordinance

The Matteson Township Planning Commission Wednesday approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance “to permit wind energy conversion systems, and to establish regulations and standards for them.” The regulation, which requires all wind turbines to get special use permits, will go the township board March 4. Toledo attorney Joshua Nolan, representing Concerned Citizens of Branch County, objected to DTE claims which had circulated in a letter around the township. “You have every right to protect your residents,” he said. The . . . Complete story »


February 23, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sherwood wind turbine ordinance goes to voters

Voters in Sherwood Township will decide Aug. 4 if they want the board approved “Wind Energy Conversion Systems” zoning ordinance to take effect. The controversial law to regulate large industrial wind turbines was passed in December by the township board after nearly two years of work and public hearings by its planning commission and township board. Those opposed filed a notice within seven days to stop enforcement of the law and collected a petition within 30 days to put it . . . Complete story »


February 21, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

State officials seek big changes to DTE’s long-term plan for electricity

DTE must go back to the drawing board and rewrite its 15-year operating plan in ways that could lead to the utility accelerating efforts to burn less coal, use more wind power and communicate more openly with community groups about pollution, according to a ruling Thursday by state regulators. The Michigan Public Service Commission ordered DTE to extensively revise its long-range plan, which will decide how millions of Michiganders get their power. And it will shape how much they pay . . . Complete story »


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