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Wind subcommittee strikes another blow

Our Huron County Commissioners have bamboozled the people of Huron County once again. Intended to revise Huron County’s wind zoning to better protect our residents, the Wind Subcommittee has become a farce that will only end with continued permissive regulations for wind developers while the people in Huron County suffer the consequences of living within township sized power plants.

The latest appointment of Brion Dickens, a wind proponent, should be a huge red flag to everyone. Mr. Dickens, an owner of Great Lakes Wind, attempted to put in a wind project in Lenawee County but the people in three townships voted for protective zoning that Great Lakes Wind was unwilling to work with.

Huron County’s zoning regulations are far too lax as many people living within the proximity of a wind turbine may now realize. But for many of those same people, they have a signed agreement with the developer, so they cannot talk about any negative experience they are having.

The Wind Subcommittee currently has nine members. Only two of those members have stood up for better zoning guidelines. If you have any concerns about having hundreds of more turbines in Huron County, these two members need your help in demanding that our county adopt better zoning.

Remember: the ITC Transmission Loop has been built to handle 5,000 MW which equates to approximately 2,800 wind turbines. This is our future if the people of Huron County do not get together and demand more protection through better zoning guidelines. This is your home and once there are thousands of wind turbines in the Thumb, it will no longer be “home sweet home”.

Louis J. Colletta
Huron County Resident