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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.


February 15, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

BOC votes to approve wind energy moratorium

HURON COUNTY – The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this week to extend the moratorium on the issuing of permits, licenses and granting property approvals for wind energy conversion facilities. About 50 people attended the Committee of the Whole meeting and regular meeting. Several spoke during the public comment periods. Many said the voters made it clear they want a moratorium and changes to the existing ordinance. Others said the county planning commission is dysfunctional. Another topic discussed . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Ingersoll to host public hearing on wind turbine draft

After months of work, impassioned discussion and public input, the Ingersoll Township Planning Commission has a final wind turbine draft in place. Now, the next step is a formal public hearing, which will take place next Monday, Feb. 19, at the regularly scheduled planning commission meeting. At 7 p.m., in the Ingersoll Township Hall, the seven members of the planning commission will hear comments from the public before deciding how to proceed. Following the public hearing, the planning commission will . . . Complete story »


February 14, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Board adopts wind ban; rejects investigations

BAD AXE – While the year-long extension of a moratorium on wind energy passed unanimously at Tuesday’s Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board rejected a motion to investigate two county planners. In a 2-4 vote, the board turned down a motion to investigate planners Robert McLean and Terry Heck for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance of office. If the charges were substantiated, it could have resulted in their removal from office. Voting in favor of the investigations were commissioners Steve . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind opponents raise issues with Matteson Township

MATTESON TOWNSHIP – As the township hall filled Wednesday night, with opponents, Matteson Township Supervisor Dave Johnson said, “wind turbines is a hot button issue and it will be for the foreseeable future.” State law does not allow turbines to be banned totally. Matteson Township allows wind turbines by special use permit. Clerk Karon Fisher said the township board is actively involved “to decide exactly what restrictions (and) how strict, other people’s zoning ordinances and requirements (are) to try to pull . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Planners pass wind ban

BAD AXE – The Huron County Planning Commission has recommended the board of commissioners ban wind energy development for another year in the 16 county-zoned townships. The Huron County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday morning whether to approve the moratorium at 9 a.m. in Room 305 of the County Building. The county’s previous year-long wind energy moratorium expired Jan. 18. A public hearing was conducted Wednesday night prior to the 5-2 vote extending the moratorium. Supporting the moratorium were planners . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Heated debate as rural Isabella weighs energy future

More than 50 people spoke about proposed wind energy ordinance changes at the Isabella County Planning Commission meeting Thursday night during a heated three-hour public comment session that filled the room and packed the hallway outside. Commissioners – along with as many as 200 attendees – listened as, one-by-one, concerned citizens shared their thoughts, fears and hopes regarding wind energy farms in the county. Planners are considering whether to recommend six changes to an ordinance already amended last year. Two . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Isabella Co. wind energy meeting filled by concerned public

A crowded room spilling out into the halls of the Isabella County Building was the scene Thursday night. It’s all about wind turbines, hundreds of them. Apex Clean Energy, a wind energy company, is working with Isabella County to install around 200 turbines. People on both sides of the issue had a lot to say about it to the planning commission tonight. “Can it really be called rural anymore when everywhere one looks, there is a 200-foot turbine,” said Ray . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Board rescinds ‘wind park’ wording motion

BAD AXE – After much discussion and multiple votes, the Huron County Planning Commission has decided not to send letters to wind developers protesting the term “wind park.” County Corporation Counsel Stephen Allen noted that DTE Energy’s Thumb Wind Parks is a project name used by the company, and the planning commission is not entitled change that. At last month’s meeting, the planners unanimously voted to send the letter. Charles Bumhoffer, who ended up resigning at the end of Wednesday’s meeting, . . . Complete story »


February 8, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Algansee approves moratorium on wind turbines, solar farms

ALGANSEE TOWNSHIP – The Algansee Township board became the latest to adopt a two year moratorium on wind turbines and solar farms; or until it can refine its ordinances pending a review by consultants. Supervisor Russ Jennings said he had heard from Ovid and Kinderhook Townships about a meeting at Bronson District Library where former Riga Township planning official Kevon Martis talked about reasonable regulations for wind turbines. Solar was not discussed. Jennings admitted he did not attend but said the . . . Complete story »


February 7, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

As wind movement gains speed, some in Isabella want slowdown

As Isabella County takes steps to regulate any future wind farms and at least one energy company seems on the precipice of applying for permits to start building turbines, a group of residents is rallying to slow the process to ensure that safety and property rights concerns are addressed. Isabella Wind Watch, a group with a few dozen active community members and a few hundred followers on Facebook, says they’re not interested in stopping other property owners from leasing their . . . Complete story »


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