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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.

January 10, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Circle Power Renewables continues push for wind farm in Houghton County

Since 2018, Royal Oak-based Circle Power Renewables has been trying to install a wind farm in Adams Township. “The power rates in this region are extraordinarily high,” said CEO Jordan Roberts. “So we thought it was a great place to site a very inexpensive source of renewable energy.” The $80-$100 million project would be on privately-owned timberland and consist of twelve 400-foot turbines. Last year, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) denied the project due to concerns . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Gratiot to get 6th wind farm

Gratiot County is in line to get its sixth wind farm. The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a build-transfer agreement between Consumers Energy and Delaware-based Heartland Farms Wind Project for the construction of 72 wind turbines in Fulton, Washington, Newark, New Haven, North Shade and North Star townships. When complete it will have the capacity to produce up to 200 megawatts of electricity. Heartland Farms will develop the wind park, including obtaining all real estate and interconnection agreements, and . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Douglass Township planners split on limiting wind turbine height

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP – The Douglass Township Planning Commission voted 4-3 last Wednesday to recommend limiting wind turbine height to 150 feet. Planning Commissioners Rick Baldwin, Kevin Rush, Cindy Shick and Todd Wells voted “yes” while Pat Althoff (who is also a township board trustee), Chairman Jack Jeppesen and Tim Snyder voted “no.” Many of the more than three dozen audience members burst into applause and cheers at the vote; however, a wind ordinance limiting turbines to 150 feet tall will almost . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Townships’ wind turbine tax appeals going to Court of Appeals

The next chapter in Huron County’s wind turbine taxation troubles has started. Bloomfield and Sigel Townships have filed a new extensive appeal brief in the Michigan Court of Appeals against its ruling that it owed back taxes to DTE over wind turbines. The Michigan Tax Tribunal issued an opinion and judgement in June in favor of DTE, which had sued to lower its tax commitments to the townships, county, and school districts. It was the first such commercial wind turbine . . . Complete story »

October 23, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Daily News FOIA of Pine Township reveals wind energy thoughts from 3 law firms

When the Pine Township supervisor recommended in September to hire a specific law firm to handle wind energy ordinance-related work, the decision appeared to have been all but finalized days earlier. Meanwhile, the attorney for the law firm that Pine Township later actually voted to hire shared candid thoughts about “the growing debate in communities across Michigan and around the country about the extent to which municipalities can and should regulate through zoning the construction and operation of wind energy . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

The nays have it: Stanton Township survey finds 83% opposed to wind turbines; planning commission idea to go to referendum

STANTON TOWNSHIP – Stanton Township voters opposed wind turbine projects by a large margin in survey results announced Wednesday, months before they will likely head to the polls to formally vote on creating a planning commission that could write a zoning ordinance restricting the turbines. About 83% of the 384 voters who responded to the survey were against the turbines, Township Supervisor Marty Rajala announced Wednesday. The board decided in August to send the survey to every registered voter in the . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Townships remain against windmills

A fight continues between Stanton and Adams Twp. residents against Circle Power over the development of 12 industrial wind turbines in Adams Twp. The Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge, a non-profit has been assisting the townships in education and outreach to help block the developers. During Wednesday’s Stanton Twp. board meeting it was revealed that out of a survey of 384 residents, 83% oppose windmill development. The survey results came in only days after Circle Power, a Royal Oak Company, . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Circle Power shifts turbine project: all 12 now planned for Adams Twp.

ADAMS TOWNSHIP – Circle Power is amending its Scotia Wind project to put all 12 proposed turbines in Adams Township. The project had been planned to include four 575-foot turbines in Adams Township and eight more in Stanton Township. Adams Township has a police powers ordinance regulating wind turbines, with a setback of 3,000 feet. Stanton Township is still developing an ordinance. Based on how things were progressing in Stanton Township, a similar setback would be in place there, said Circle . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Circle Power amends its wind farm plans

Circle Power executive Chris Moore said his company intends to double the number of wind turbines in its development proposal for Adams Township at a Monday meeting of the Board of Trustees. Originally, four were slotted for the municipality with another eight set for neighboring Stanton Township. The Stanton sites have been withdrawn, at least temporarily. Adams Township Supervisor Gerald Heikkinen revealed to the board that a Freedom of Information Act request had been filed by the Varnum Law Firm . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

New legislation would set wind turbine tax table

An end may be coming soon to the numerous wind turbine taxation lawsuits across Michigan, and the solution is coming from the state Legislature. Two separate bills introduced in both the state House of Representatives and Senate, if passed, would institute an applicable multiplier for how wind turbines are taxed, setting a standard depreciation table across the state. The legislation has turbines taxed at 100% of their value for their first tax year, and their value will decrease by 5% . . . Complete story »

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