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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.

April 10, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Winfield Township officials are taking their time with wind turbine ordinance

WINFIELD TOWNSHIP – Wind turbines weren’t on the agenda but they were the main topic of public comment during Thursday morning’s Winfield Township Board meeting. Only seven people were present in the audience, including the township’s zoning administrator and this reporter. Of the remaining five people, only two were from Winfield Township. The meeting took place in the morning, which is the township board’s tradition during winter and early spring months, but the board will resume meeting at 7 p.m. on . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Douglass Township Board repeals wind ordinance, also votes to stop paying for Zoom meetings

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP – The Douglass Township Board on Wednesday evening unanimously voted to repeal its controversial wind ordinance and also to stop paying for hosting Zoom meetings. For the next hour and a half, the township board then heard public comments from people concerned about the wind ordinance as well as the upcoming lack of Zoom meetings. About 40 people attended the meeting in person with another 25 people on Zoom. The Zoom feed was plagued with problems throughout the night – . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sidney Twp. Planning Commission to hold special meetings to discuss, refine proposed wind and solar ordinances

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP – If all goes as planned, this township will have new wind and solar ordinances pertaining to commercial energy projects adopted into its zoning laws come summer. During Monday’s meeting of the Sidney Township Board, Trustee Ray Leyrer, who is also a member of the Planning Commission, said the commission is prepared to have additional discussion, hold a public hearing and potentially vote on a recommendation of approval to the township board regarding the ordinances. Leyrer said the Planning . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Maple Valley Township Planning Commission hosts unruly wind energy meeting

MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP – After hosting a stormy wind meeting in February via Zoom, followed by a vote to repeal the township’s controversial wind ordinance in March via Zoom, Maple Valley Township officials met for an in-person – but no less turbulent – meeting Thursday evening. Three dozen people attended an unruly 90-minute meeting inside the freezing Coral Community Center (“We went over to Gratiot County and stood right underneath a turbine and this (Community Center) furnace was louder than that turbine,” Planning . . . Complete story »

April 4, 2021 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines don’t belong near homes

This is in response to Don Smucker’s Guest View from the March 20 issue of the Daily News. His opinion piece included a variety of claims and accusations – all of which had no supporting documentation or sources.  We are calling out a few specific quotes from that article, with some supporting links as well. Additional facts and testimonials regarding wind turbines can also be found on the Montcalm County Citizens United Facebook page. 1. Mr. Smucker wrote: “The townships and . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

U of M wind energy researcher recommends Pine Township consider what community wants

PINE TOWNSHIP – A University of Michigan lecturer says Pine Township’s zoning ordinance suggests wind turbines are a “good fit” for the community, and she recommended township officials make sure this is what the community actually wants because if not – “then there’s a whole lot of changes that probably need to be made.” The Pine Township Board hosted a wind energy webinar Tuesday evening presented by Sarah Mills, who earned her doctorate in urban and regional planning at U of M, . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2021 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Stand up for a rural way of life

If Michigan residents support wind turbines, why have wind companies lost 24 out of 24 times when wind-friendly ordinances have been brought to a referendum? If townships are “enjoying a new and substantial source of tax revenue,” why are they having to fight for those revenues? Montcalm County residents are not “raising Cain,” as Don Smucker stated in his March 21 Guest View in the Daily News. Apex initiated township ordinance amendments to allow taller turbines closer to our homes. . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Douglass Township Planning Commission asks township board to repeal wind ordinance

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP – The Douglass Township Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to recommend the Douglass Township Board repeal its recently approved wind energy ordinance. If the township board votes to repeal at its meeting April 7, it would render moot a planned voter referendum on the ordinance later this year. Township officials could then begin working on a new ordinance to regulate wind turbines in light of Apex Clean Energy’s efforts to create a wind farm in multiple Montcalm County . . . Complete story »

March 19, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Bloomer Township Board continues to work on wind

BLOOMER TOWNSHIP – This township’s wind ordinance has not yet been set in stone, but board members are assuring the community that they’re taking many factors into consideration before moving forward. The township’s Planning Commission held a public hearing in August 2020 regarding proposed solar and wind ordinance amendments and then recommended the township board approve it. In January, the township board voted to table the matter until checking with the township’s attorney on a few details. During February’s virtual meeting, . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2021 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Beware of more wind turbines

The Huron County master plan was adopted last week by the board of commissioners, our elected officials, with one very significant change. Page 105 of the Sept. 3, 2020 draft as recommended by the county planning commission, stated, in part: “The first utility-scale wind energy facility constructed with the approval of the Huron County planning commission was in 2008. … As each new wind turbine was constructed, the landscape of Huron County had seemingly changed. With this change came a . . . Complete story »

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