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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 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.


March 2, 2020 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines are costly and not so environmentally friendly

As stated in my Dec. 5, 2019, Monroe News letter to the editor (There’s More to the Renewable Energy Story) wind turbine generators only generate electricity 30 to 40% of the time and suffer from a cube power law: If the wind speed drops by 10% electrical output drops 30%. What’s not reported or is common knowledge is that large wind turbine generators consume electricity from the electrical grid to operate and manufacturers of large wind turbine generators do not . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Planning board approves wind turbine ordinance

The Matteson Township Planning Commission Wednesday approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance “to permit wind energy conversion systems, and to establish regulations and standards for them.” The regulation, which requires all wind turbines to get special use permits, will go the township board March 4. Toledo attorney Joshua Nolan, representing Concerned Citizens of Branch County, objected to DTE claims which had circulated in a letter around the township. “You have every right to protect your residents,” he said. The . . . Complete story »


February 23, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sherwood wind turbine ordinance goes to voters

Voters in Sherwood Township will decide Aug. 4 if they want the board approved “Wind Energy Conversion Systems” zoning ordinance to take effect. The controversial law to regulate large industrial wind turbines was passed in December by the township board after nearly two years of work and public hearings by its planning commission and township board. Those opposed filed a notice within seven days to stop enforcement of the law and collected a petition within 30 days to put it . . . Complete story »


February 21, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

State officials seek big changes to DTE’s long-term plan for electricity

DTE must go back to the drawing board and rewrite its 15-year operating plan in ways that could lead to the utility accelerating efforts to burn less coal, use more wind power and communicate more openly with community groups about pollution, according to a ruling Thursday by state regulators. The Michigan Public Service Commission ordered DTE to extensively revise its long-range plan, which will decide how millions of Michiganders get their power. And it will shape how much they pay . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Referendum on Aug. ballot to reject Seville Twp. wind ordinance

The wind ordinance narrowly approved by the Seville Township board last month is now in limbo. A group of citizens has collected enough petition signatures to get a referendum rejecting the ordinance on the August primary election ballot. In the meantime the ordinance will not go into effect pending the outcome of the vote. The board had OK’d the ordinance that would have allowed the construction of wind turbines in the township by a 3-2 margin, with Supervisor Tish Mallory, . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Eaton County judge dismisses solar company’s lawsuit, says township can enact ordinances

BENTON TWP. – An Eaton County judge has dismissed a Minnesota-based solar and wind energy company’s lawsuit claiming an interim zoning ordinance put in place by Benton Township to block a proposed 850-acre solar array is not valid. The ruling, issued late last month and signed by Circuit Court Judge John Maurer this week, also denied a request from Sandstone Creek Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of Geronimo Energy, for a preliminary injunction on the interim zoning ordinance, enacted last November. . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Construction workers say Apex has broken promise to hire local

Unionized construction workers are accusing the company behind a major wind energy project in north-central Isabella County of breaking a promise to hire local workers, and plan to let people know about it all week. Approximately 55 union workers picketed to let people know about it on Monday, said Chris Taylor, a representative with the Construction Labors Local 1098. Their focus of their ire is Apex Clean Energy LLC, but because the company’s office is tucked back into Rosebush they . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Mid-Michigan union protests for local workforce for Isabella County wind farm construction

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Local 1098 took to the picket line in Rosebush Monday to protest who is working on construction of a wind farm in Isabella County. The wind farm, called Isabella Wind, is the largest renewable energy project ever created in Michigan, according to its developer, Apex Clean Energy, Inc. Chris Taylor, the marketing representative for the union chapter, said that Apex Clean Energy is not living up to their end of a deal. . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

No new activity on wind turbines in Presque Isle County

ROGERS CITY –Developers with Sstar Ridge-Run Energy have been in contact with Presque Isle County officials, but have yet to submit formal documents for a planned wind energy project. “There has been no type of application for any type of zoning permit,” Toby Kuznicki, chairman of the county’s planning commission, said. Kuznicki said the planning commission recently learned a marked-up Google Map had been submitted to county Building and Zoning Official Mike Libby, but Kuznicki did not have any further . . . Complete story »


January 14, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Seville wind ordinance OK’d amid concerns that it’s too restrictive

After more than two years of sometimes heated debate and discussion the Seville Township board has approved a wind ordinance that will allow turbines to be constructed in the township. However, some think the new rules will be too restrictive to attract any interest from a utility wanting to build a wind farm The ordinance passed 3-2, with Supervisor Tish Mallory, Clerk Terresa Frisbie and Treasurer Ashlee Gibson voting in favor, while trustees Doug Brecht and Marlin Brush voted no. . . . Complete story »


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