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Ferris Township wind, solar survey sees low response rate; Surveys are still being accepted until Feb. 28

“What we’re doing this for is information gathering,” Calverley added. “We’re not making any policy because of this. We’re just trying to get the temperature of the township. “If we start getting into this windmill stuff, there’ll be a lot of scrutinizing no matter what we say,” he added with a chuckle. “I talked to (Douglass Township Supervisor) Terry Anderson the other day and he said ‘I never,’ he said, ‘you sit and wonder why are we doing this?’” Stearns noted.
15 Jan 2022

Michigan township says no to solar farms. Some residents say they’re missing out on millions

The commission ended up voting 3-1 to approve a recommendation that the township’s board reject the ordinance they had spent months drafting. Horney, the sole no vote, said his opposition to the motion was merely procedural. ...The board ultimately rejected the solar rules at a meeting on Nov. 4, closing the door, at least for now, on solar projects in the township.
13 Nov 2021

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

Monday, Circle Power announced it was amending its Scotia Wind Project to place all 12 turbines in Adams Township. The plan had been to put four 575-foot turbines in Adams and the rest in Stanton Township.Circle Power partner Chris Moore said Tuesday the project layout would not have been able to accommodate a 3,000-foot setback in Stanton Township, which he anticipated the township would put into place.
8 Oct 2021

New legislation would set wind turbine tax table

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% each year until 15 years have gone by, with the rate then being a constant 30% of its original taxable value each year until the turbine is removed. Since 2012, more than 1,100 tax claims have been filed in the state’s tax court as developers and owners of the wind turbine farms have tried to use their own tax tables that devalue the turbines’ value faster than those created by local governments.
25 Sep 2021

Stanton Township passes moratorium on wind

The Stanton Township Board imposed a nine-month moratorium on construction for a proposed wind turbine project at its meeting Wednesday. Stanton Township Supervisor Marty Rajala said the moratorium would buy time until the township could complete a resident survey gauging their opinion of the Scotia Wind project, which would include 12 575-foot turbines in Adams and Stanton townships near Whealkate Bluff. The board approved sending the survey to every registered voter in the township.
7 Aug 2021

EGLE denies permit for wind turbine project

Permits for the proposed wind turbine project in Adams and Stanton townships have been denied by the state over concerns of harm to wildlife, including bat and eagle populations, and wetlands. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Water Resources Division (WRD) determined the Scotia Wind project did not benefit the public enough to outweigh potential impact to wildlife and wetlands at the site.
3 Aug 2021

Gratiot County couple shares wind turbine story with Cato Township

Dan and Nancy Welke live in Merrill, Lafayette Township, where they say they have one turbine less than 1,600 feet from their home and another one about 2,600 feet away. They say they have been “battling” with DTE Energy and Gratiot County officials for the last year and a half regarding the negative effects of the turbines. Nancy called the ongoing experience “a living hell.”
21 Jul 2021

There are ethical concerns surrounding solar energy; A growing human rights problem is being ignored

Additionally, the mines that produce some of the other key materials needed for solar infrastructure are in countries without stringent environmental and labor standards. Much of China’s polysilicon production occurs in its northwestern provinces, including Xinjiang, which human rights advocates have strongly criticized for its systemic detention and abuse of the Uyghur people. Sadly, solar is not the only form of renewable energy tainted by its association with this region. The supply chain of China’s wind energy industry is tied to forced labor there as well.
12 Jul 2021

Supervisor: Township zoning might be necessary in wind farm talks

Township-wide zoning might be necessary to give the township more say over the direction of a wind farm project proposed in Adams and Stanton townships, Stanton Township Supervisor John Mattila said at Wednesday’s township board meeting. Stanton Township has been exploring a police power ordinance similar to that in place in Adams Township. The Circle Power project would include 12 575-foot turbines, four in Adams Township and eight in Stanton Township.
9 Jul 2021

Winfield Township planner clashes with audience over wind

An estimated 80 people packed into the small township hall in Amble to listen and voice their opinions on wind and solar ordinances during a standing-room-only meeting. Attendees stood up high on window ledges inside the hot and humid building and lined up out the door and down the ramp where loud traffic from M-46 made it difficult to hear.
1 Jul 2021

State Tax Commission deals blow on wind turbine tax cash

The STC has changed the formula for taxing wind turbines twice, in 2011 and again in 2014, after initially approving guidelines in 2007 that “was deemed acceptable to everyone,” County Administrator Tracey Cordes stated in a memo sent to county commissioners in March. ...If the decision stands, Gratiot County could be on the hook to repay more than $3 million in overcharged taxes and reduce future expected revenue, including a reduction in five countywide millages – Commission on Aging, sheriff’s road patrol, parks and recreation, library and economic/agriculture.
22 Jun 2021

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