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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 5, 2023 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Rural communities are pushing back against large wind turbine developments

Toward the tip of Michigan’s Thumb, dozens of wind turbines dot the rural landscape – their blades catching the eye of passers-by as they slowly spin. The region has some of the highest power generation potential based on megawatt hours in the state, and over the last several years, the sight has grown more common above M-46 as a host of energy companies sweep in with large commercial developments. But turbines could make their way farther south in a matter of . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2023 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Clinton Co. to vote on moratorium on clean energy projects

The Clinton County Board of Commissioners could consider passing a one-year-long moratorium on any large-scale solar or wind energy projects. The unanimous vote from the county’s planning commission comes as large-scale green energy plants clash with residents’ concerns over the future of their rural farmland. Thursday’s public hearing comes weeks after Clinton County’s Planning Commission first looked into a county ordinance on wind and solar that they called “outdated.” See More: Clinton County to draft moratorium on green power plants . . . Complete story »

May 9, 2023 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry declares war on Michigan man

Wind energy activists believe they have found an explanation for the waning popularity of wind projects in Michigan and around the county: a cult of homeowners whose objection to turbines is, according to a new video clip, wholly irrational. ‘Like a Cult’, a documentary-style ten-minute video from environmental activist Peter Sinclair and Yale Climate Connections, attacks local residents and officials in Michigan who express concerns about wind energy projects in their townships. The video singles out Kevon Martis, Deerfield Township . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2023 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm issue will soon be resolved, but …

After reading Don Smucker’s analysis of Montcalm County’s green energy conflict in the Jan. 21 Daily News, I am also very concerned – but for a different reason. The wind ordinance issue will be resolved, but I am concerned some people in our society hold democracy in such contempt. Smucker boils down the problem quite nicely: “(Some people) simply do not want to look at any wind turbine … because they do not like how they look.” A simple summation based . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2022 • Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

U.S. wants thousands more wind farms, facing local opposition

Monticello, Ill. – Depressed property values. Flickering shadows. Falling ice. One by one, a real estate appraiser rattled off what he said were the deleterious effects of wind farms as a crowd in an agricultural community in central Illinois hung on his every word. It was the tenth night of hearings by the Piatt County zoning board, as a tiny town debated the merits of a proposed industrial wind farm that would see dozens of enormous turbines rise from the nearby . . . Complete story »

December 23, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine falls to ground in Leelanau County

(WPBN/WGTU) – The wind turbine that supplies energy to the Northport Leelanau Township Water Treatment plant is looking a little different now. According to Northport Trustee, Will Harper, high wind speeds on Wednesday, Dec. 14, caused the turbine to spin out of control and eventually fall to the ground. Harper also said the turbine has been out of commission for a while, and he’s unsure if it will be fixed. Complete story »

December 20, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses in Northport

Leelanau Community Energy’s wind turbine in Northport sits in a heap at the base of its tower after the upper section broke off. It happened some time between sundown Thursday and sunup Friday, said Douglas McInnis, a manager and investor for Leelanau Community Energy. The company, which owns the turbine, had it offline while awaiting maintenance. Those maintenance items pertained to electronics, motors and other components involved in the turbine’s operation, McInnis said. None should have caused the tower to . . . Complete story »

December 15, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tax demands could bankrupt schools

A debate between Consumers Energy and Tuscola County could result in essential bankruptcy for county school districts and Unionville-Sebewaing Area School District. Since wind farms were constructed in the county in 2016 there has been an ongoing dispute between Consumers Energy and the county on the tax applied to the farms. There are currently 114 turbines that are being valued lower than what was originally agreed upon prior to construction. These turbines produce 231 megawatts of power for the county. . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

In Michigan’s Thumb, wind farm tax clawback would bankrupt schools

Tuscola County, MI – The sword of Damocles hanging over Unionville-Sebewing Area Schools has Consumers Energy written all over it. The rural district of about 680 students in Tuscola County is facing down a financial abyss thanks to the state’s largest energy provider, which is attempting to claw back nearly $1.2 million in disputed tax revenues levied on wind power turbines. Officials say the case threatens to wipe out district fund balances and toss them into deficit status with the state. . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

After losing big in township votes, turbine companies seek state preemption of local rules

Wind energy businesses are targeting local zoning ordinances after their campaign to coat Michigan with large vertical turbines lost four referenda and seven local government allies in this month’s election. “You ever hear that old saying about winning a battle, but losing the war? Now seems like an appropriate time to reflect on that,” Apex Clean Energy’s senior development manager Albert Jongewaard wrote in an email, after voters throughout Montcalm County rejected wind energy supporters and ballot initiatives. “It’s no . . . Complete story »

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