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Meeting planned to discuss data gathering for wind farm  

Wind energy farms are stirring up a lot of interest throughout the Thumb.

The Almer Charter Township Planning Commission will have a public hearing at the township hall, 1310 Cameron Rd., at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6. The hearing is on a special use permit requested by Consumers Energy. The company wants to place a meteorological tower in the township.

“They are considering putting up a windmill farm if the study shows they can. Right now, they want to put up a tower to gather data. They want to study on wind speeds and currents,” said Almer Township Planning Commission Chair Brian Schriber. “As far as I know, they haven’t picked out a location in the township yet.”

According to Schriber, their request is for a temporary structure.

“They just want to gather data with the tower for two years before they make any kind of decision,” he said.

Michigan is very pro- renewable energy. Energy companies like Consumers are being urged to develop renewable energy sources by 2015 or face fines.

Last winter, Tuscola County Commissioners were approached by a Consumers Energy representative about doing testing for a possible wind farm outside of Caro off M-24. The company was interested in 173 acres of county land in Almer Township

At that meeting, a Consumers Energy representative said the company hopes to build four to eight wind farms with each farm having between 20 to 40 wind turbines, which would cost $2-$3 million to build. But Tuscola County Commissioners said they wanted more information before making a decision.

There hasn’t been a meeting with the county since then.

There is already one wind energy farm in Huron County, and another is under construction.

By Mary Drier

tuscolatoday.com

26 July 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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