[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

NextEra Energy gets Juniata Township’s approval for 63-turbine wind farm  

Credit:  By Heather Jordan | Posted January 18, 2018 | www.mlive.com ~~

CARO, MI – NextEra Energy is one step closer to building its third wind farm in Tuscola County and its fourth in the state.

The Juniata Township Planning Commission on Saturday, Jan. 13, approved the special land use permit for NextEra’s proposed Pegasus Wind Energy Center, a 156-megawatt project consisting of 63 GE turbines to be located in Juniata and Fairgrove townships.

Clerk Heidi Stark confirmed that was the only approval the developer needed from Juniata Township officials. Fairgrove Township officials approved NextEra’s permit application last fall.

NextEra officials say the Pegasus Wind Energy Center is expected to create 350 construction jobs during the construction phase and seven to 12 full-time jobs once it’s operational. In addition, in its first 30 years, the project is expected to generate approximately $35 million in property taxes for the region and approximately $33 million in payments to landowners.

“We are very pleased that the Juniata Township planning commissioners gave a thorough and comprehensive review of our project application and that they voted unanimously to approve the project’s permit,” Bryan Garner, manager of communications for NextEra Energy Resources, said in a statement.

“The Pegasus Wind project has the potential to bring significant economic and clean energy benefits to the area and we look forward to continue to work through the permitting process so we can build the project and bring it online this year.”

Garner said Fairgrove Township officials will soon review the project’s site plan and NextEra will submit the proposed turbine locations to the Tuscola Airport Zoning Administrator, as required.

The project has captured the attention of members of the Concerned Citizens of Juniata Township.

“I have a lot of concerns,” lifelong Juniata Township resident Brenda Bigham previously told MLive/The Saginaw News. “This is something that will impact our community not just today and tomorrow. It’s going to impact our community for 20, 30 years to come.”

Bigham said she was not approached by NextEra representatives about leasing her land for the proposed project because she doesn’t have enough acreage, but some of her neighbors were. She has concerns about noise and the so-called “flicker effect” from the turbines.

“My primary concern at this point, personally, is for the health and safety of my family and the welfare of my family,” she said.

NextEra’s projects are “well run and they contribute a great deal to the community,” Garner previously told MLive/The Saginaw News.

“Safety is foremost in our minds when we site a wind project. We site our wind projects responsibly, in compliance with all local and state and federal guideline,” he said. “We have successfully built and operate more than 115 wind energy centers across the country and in Canada.

“Safety is absolutely a priority for us. That said, wind energy is a safe technology and has proven to be so and has successfully generated clean energy for decades now.”

Source:  By Heather Jordan | Posted January 18, 2018 | www.mlive.com

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.