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OLIVER TOWNSHIP — The township planning commission Thursday voted to approve a special use permit for a utility grid wind energy system in its agricultural preservation zoning district. Brian Crawford of RMT, Inc. of Grand Rapids spoke on behalf of Michigan Wind LLC during the planning commission’s public hearing regarding the development of a project which may lead to the installation of 27 wind turbines in Oliver Township. Michigan Wind also has developed a project which may lead to the installation of five turbines in neighboring Chandler Township. “The area is a prime (location) for wind energy development,” Crawford said. “This (Huron County) is one of the better areas in the state for hosting wind energy.”
Construction of the county’s second planned Wind Energy System may begin in coming months. RMT, Inc. of Grand Rapids currently is developing a project which may lead to the installation of 32 turbines in Oliver and Chandler townships. Construction of the turbines will not begin until the company receives the go ahead from the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) to connect to the national grid system and from township, county and state officials. MISO studies the electrical system’s carrying capacity, so as not to overload the system which causes blackouts. The company has to go through a series of steps at the township, county and state level before proceeding with the project.
DTE Energy unveiled two ‘’solutions'’ Friday for turning windmills back on at Laker Elementary School, but neither option will work, school officials say. Laker leaders say DTE officials don’t seem to understand how windmills work and the coal-burning utility continues to drag its feet on the project. A DTE engineer is supposed to be back at the school on Monday to study the turbines.
Wind power may be the next thing in Lenawee County’s alternative energy industry. An agriculture advisory committee that was involved in starting an ethanol plant near Blissfield and bringing a biodiesel plant to Adrian is taking a serious look at a wind turbine project to generate electricity in Lenawee County. A two-hour presentation on the nuts and bolts of wind power was given to the committee last week.
The wind has been taken right out of a second wind energy project in the Thumb Area. Last month, Michigan’s first wind farm near Ubly was put on hold until next year. Now a smaller wind energy project in the Laker School District near Pigeon has been shut down by DTE Energy. The utility company says safety is the reason, but others disagree.
PIGEON - Three windmills erected at a Thumb elementary school have been shut down, and supporters says it’s because DTE Energy doesn’t want to see wind power succeed here. A DTE spokesman says the utility supports renewable energy, but there were ‘’safety and reliability'’ concerns about allowing the school windmills to continue supplying power to the electrical grid. It’s the second time this year that people in the Thumb have blamed DTE for delays to wind power projects.
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CEDAR — Possible plans for a wind farm in Centerville Township are on hold until at least next year while the township drafts a zoning ordinance to regulate commercial windmills. Tim Johnson, township planning commission chairman, said Noble Environmental Power agreed to not submit a formal application until the ordinance — which would apply to wind energy projects proposed by Noble or any other developer — is complete.
The debate state residents and lawmakers should be having about how best to harness our untapped wealth of wind power has been reduced to an emotion-packed battle between local control and state mandates.
TRAVERSE CITY — Some of his neighbors on Old Mission Peninsula may not like the idea, but State Rep. Howard Walker continues his push to bring windmills to Michigan by overriding local zoning.
GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — The Golden Township Planning Commission was complimented last week for tightening up its wind turbine ordinance, but it still wasn’t tight enough for some attending the June 21 public hearing.
Earlier this spring, about 50 people gathered in Traverse City to discuss the future of wind-generated electricity in Michigan.
CANNON TOWNSHIP -- Soaring energy costs and a resident's request about alternatives have prompted Cannon Township officials to consider ways to regulate wind turbines. The township Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 6 p.m. June 13 to get residents' opinions on a zoning ordinance amendment that would create a special land use for wind energy harvest sites and individual wind turbine generators for on-site service only.
Have we spent all this time on research and attending meetings in order to have our valid concerns not taken seriously enough because select members on the commission have potential financial gain based on an ordinance written in favor of turbines being erected in our Township?
Hart Township residents will be next to voice their thoughts on a proposed wind turbine generator ordinance.
CEDAR — Centerville Township planning commissioners are set to devise a zoning ordinance that would regulate commercial windmills, on the heels of an energy company's idea to site a wind farm in the township.
Several bills in the Michigan Legislature are circulating to promote wind power and other forms of alternative energy
LIVINGSTON TWP. - Otsego County Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Ordinance recommended to them by the county Planning Commission.
EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Keweenaw County may lose the dubious honor of being the only county in the state with a county-wide zoning ordinance.