Wind Power News: Michigan
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. filed suit Wednesday in federal court against Almer Township, seeking a court order that would force local officials to allow a $200 million project to move forward. Tuscola Wind III L.L.C. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Bay City against Almer Township and the Almer Township Board of Trustees. The 49-page complaint identifies five counts – claim of appeal, violation of procedural due process, equal . . .
UPPER THUMB – With millions of dollars in local revenue at stake, the long-time controversy over the way wind turbines are taxed will be heading to court this summer. Carl Osentoski, who coordinates the Michigan Renewable Energy Collaborative (MREC), said the dispute connected to the NextEra Energy Resources LLC project in Tuscola County’s Gilford Township will he heard mid-to-late summer. After several years of waiting, the issue of changing the taxable rate of wind turbines in the Tuscola Bay Wind Farm . . .
UPPER THUMB – Under a voluntary program by DTE Energy, customers can “reduce their carbon footprint” by contributing to the company’s green energy costs. “DTE Energy customers will soon be able to reduce their carbon footprint while supporting clean energy sources,” DTE officials said in a press release. “Starting in April, customers will have the opportunity to buy more of their power from wind and solar farms – two of the most affordable clean energy sources available – through MIGreenPower.” Cost of the . . .
HAZELTON TWP. – A second wind turbine development project may be coming to the Shiawassee County area. According to members of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners, residents of the northeast quadrant of the county, encompassing Hazelton and New Haven townships, have been approached by a firm representing DTE Energy about signing land leases to build turbines on their property. Subscription Required
The future of a $200 million wind turbine project in Almer Township lies in the hands of two members of the zoning board of appeals set to meet Feb. 16. Mike Wester and Larry Green – sworn in as alternates for the zoning board of appeals less than two weeks ago – will consider an appeal filed by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C., after the company’s application for special land-use permit was denied by the township board in . . .
GALIEN – The Wind Turbine Analysis Committee has been formed to study a proposed wind farm project in southern Berrien County. Meanwhile, an Apex Clean Energy representative said recently that his company is still interested in constructing a wind farm here despite personnel changes and no contact with area townships in months. Apex has proposed a $250 million wind turbine farm with 25 to 40 turbines potentially located on thousands of acres in Baroda, Galien, Three Oaks and Weesaw townships. Each . . .
In the past two months, two rural Michigan counties have adopted one-year moratoriums on wind development, though they appear to be in vastly different positions when it comes to regulatory experience. On December 29, Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb region – also known as the state’s wind capital due to the comparatively high density of turbines there – enacted a one-year moratorium for areas that fall under county zoning laws. Local officials are allowing three proposed projects to move forward, but the . . .
GALIEN – Apex Clean Energy isn’t giving up its wind farm vision for southern Berrien County, despite personnel changes and months without contact with area townships. An Apex spokesman said his company is still interested in building a wind farm despite personnel changes and no contact with area townships in months. Albert Jongewaard said four company representatives associated with the proposed Galien Oaks wind farm project are no longer involved. He has taken over from Dan Blondeau, who is with the . . .
An Almer Township resident took two Tuscola County commissioners to task for their comments about wind-turbine debates among residents of Almer and Ellington townships, criticizing one commissioner’s reference that the situation resembles the “Hatfields and McCoys” and hurts the county financially. Almer Township resident Jan Daniels told commissioners at their 8 a.m. Thursday meeting that she read an article that morning from Wednesday’s Advertiser – a report including comments from commissioners Kim Vaughan and Craig Kirkpatrick – and “was so taken aback . . .
ISABELLA COUNTY, MI – A new wind park is planned for Gratiot and Isabella counties. The Michigan Public Service Commission in December approved a contract between DTE Electric Co. and Pine River Wind Engineering LLC to build the Pine River Wind Park, according to a Michigan Public Service Commission news release. Pine River Wind Park is to be located in Gratiot County’s Pine River Township and Isabella County’s Coe Township. Pine River is to design, engineer, construct, install, start up and . . .