A Deere & Company spokesman said Thursday that while the company is reviewing strategic options for its wind energy business, which includes a possible sale, no final decisions have been made.
"John Deere's still committed to making sure our current people who are involved in wind energy (projects) are appropriately serviced and have the appropriate communication," said Deere & Company Strategic Public Relations Director Ken Golden.
The tower built by Orisol Energy U.S. Inc. is in violation of Fairfield Township zoning ordinances, ruled Lenawee County Circuit Judge Margaret M.S. Noe. She granted a motion by the township to affirm a February decision by Fairfield Township's zoning board of appeals that the tower violates zoning requirements.
A group opposing the construction of wind turbines in Riverton and Summit townships will have its day in court following Mason County Circuit Court Judge Richard I. Cooper Thursday's ruling that Citizens Alliance for Responsible Renewable Energy (CARRE) does have standing to sue to stop Consumers Energy from constructing seven 300-foot-tall meteorological (met) towers in the area.
A citizens group called Residents for Sound Economics and Planning asked the court to rule that Huron County Clerk Peggy Koehler hold a referendum. On Thursday, the judge reportedly denied the complaint and ruled that the clerk acted properly in deciding that the petitions were inadequate.
The township's zoning board of appeals conducted a hearing in February and rejected Orisol's variance request for the meteorological tower, two days after the township board voted for a one-year moratorium on siting wind towers in the township.