Residents in Beaver Township started receiving notices a few months ago from DTE Energy that the company may be considering a wind farm project in the area.
Even though no formal plans or projects are developed, it didn’t stop hundreds of people from talking about it.
Township officials held an informal information meeting about the prospect of wind energy on Tuesday night.
Inviting a wind farm into the town would help increase city and county revenues.
Local farmers with enough land who sign a participation agreement for a proposed project could receive thousands of dollars a year for allowing DTE to use their land.
However, many are concerned that the wind turbines make too much noise, block out the sun, and ruin the areas farming landscape.
Beaver Township Supervisor Steve Gray says the idea is so new, the township doesn’t even have an ordinance to cover wind farms.
“We’ve placed an 18-month moratorium on anything to do with projects like that until we get an ordinance in place. The planning commission will sit down, listen to the input from the residents, and come up with a plan. The voters will ultimately have to approve the ordinance,” Gray says.
DTE representatives say the any project which could be placed in Beaver Township would be at least two to five years away.
Renewable Energy Development Manager Matt Wagner says his company’s main goal is to make sure everyone who might be involved in a proposed project, gets their questions answered.
“Our agents sit down and answer any questions that we can. We want them to take as much time to think about it. We certainly aren’t here to strong arm anyone into doing something they don’t want to do,” Wagner says.
Township officials say they hope to have the new ordinance drafter and in front of voters within the next year.
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