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The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 on Tuesday in favor of removing two parcels of land from the Pheasant Run Wind Energy Overlay District in Sebewaing Township. ...Jeff Smith, Huron County director of Building and Zoning, said that Bumhoffer was insistent at the meeting that he did not want to participate in wind energy.
DTE Energy is in the process of garnering final site plan review approval for its Echo Wind Farm, which will consist of about 70 turbines in the Elkton area in mostly Chandler and Oliver townships.
During public participation at Fairgrove Township Planning Commission's hearing Tuesday, one of the key concerns of several of those who spoke were the different distances for setbacks for participating property owners to have leases for proposed wind development compared to setbacks for non-participating property owners and roadways, and also some wording changes in some sections.
Some residents of Michigan's rural northwestern Lower Peninsula are applying for permits to establish heliports in their efforts to block rural wind turbine development. Turbines can't be built near the liftoff and landing pads for helicopters, and observers say the tactic could gain momentum statewide.
Turbines can't be built near heliports — lift-off and landing pads for helicopters — and experts believe turbine opponents' tactic could reverberate statewide, just as Michigan's alternative energy debate intensifies.
Some Benzie County residents launched a new weapon in their efforts to block rural wind turbine development: helicopters. ...Benzie's Joyfield Township - once considered part of a four-township site for an industrial wind farm - could soon have up to eight licensed, stand-alone public heliports.
The amendment to the zoning ordinance appearing on the ballot in November establishes a setback distance of 2,250 feet as well as new standards on noise restrictions. Township Board Supervisor David Eggle said the planning commission reviewed siting standards and said the decision of the voters will determine the direction Sherman Township moves in the future with wind energy development.
The newest wind turbines are nearly 500 feet tall and will be needed in Michigan to try to meet the demands of Proposal 3, the 25 percent renewable energy mandate, if voters pass the amendment in November. That's because almost the entire state of Michigan is "poor" or "marginal" for wind as a resource at 50 meters above ground.
The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose Michigan Ballot Proposal 3, more commonly known as "25 by 25." ...The board also voted to join the Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) for Michigan Coalition, which opposes the proposal.
Several decisions involving wind turbines were made at Tuesday's Huron County Commissioners meeting. The board voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution to share legal costs related to wind turbine tax value determinations.
To meet the 25-percent mandate, estimates range from 2,300 to 3,790 more turbines will be needed. Both sides do agree that the newer 2.4 megawatt (MW) capacity turbines will be used.
A reward is being offered for vandalism of wind turbines at Mason County's Lake Winds Energy Park, the Ludington Daily News is reporting. Details of the vandalism wasn't immediately known.
A report to be released today says a 2008 state law that was supposed to result in lower electricity rates has instead led to double-digit increases for Michigan consumers.
"Whoever you're talking to, they want you to be on their side of the issue. You've got one person, usually with a windmill on their property who's getting money for it, saying, 'Aren't they beautiful.' Then there's the other one, who doesn't have one, who feels they're ugly and has absolutely no use for it."
People who move to the country don't have a right to a quiet environment, according to the head of one of Michigan's major renewable energy advocacy groups. John Sarver, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, made the statement in an email to colleagues in February 2011.
County and Gamesa Energy officials signed a lease in May that gives the wind farm developer and wind turbine manufacturer the exclusive rights to investigate erecting commercial-scale wind turbines on the wastewater site. If all goes as planned a 150-megawatt wind farm built could by 2014.
Wruble told the planning commission he was concerned because he's heard a landowner say they intentionally asked wind developers to site turbines as close to their neighbor's property as possible. He said he wants to see a map detailing where existing turbines sit and how close they are to a neighbor's home, versus how close they are to the property owner's home. Another issue Wruble brought up was whether the county will consider limiting how many turbines can be erected in Huron County.
The local area is expected to have 160 wind turbines in operation by the end of the year, according to projections from the Huron County Building and Zoning Office. Jeff Smith, director of Huron County Building and Zoning, said that number includes the 78 turbines that currently are in operation in Huron County.
The Holland Board of Public Works has come up empty on an effort to establish a wind energy project. The city-owned utility pulled the plug on a proposed windfarm in Allegan County, after an analysis of wind speeds and other related information led officials to believe the project is not cost-effective.
A series of ordinances regulating wind turbines in Raisin Township was described by township attorney David Lacasse as being a fair and balanced set of regulations. The township board approved the ordinances by unanimous voice votes Monday. "It gives reasonable regulation with the safety of residents being foremost," Lacasse said. "It's not as restrictive as some, but it achieves a real good balance."