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More than 400 people showed up to a Monitor Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday night to tell officials they are not in favor of wind turbines sprouting up in their community.
Dozens of people against the plans packed the St. Mary’s School gym in Bronson. They voiced concerns to the Matteson Township Planning Commission. “These things are huge,” Jennifer Milligan, a Branch County resident, said. “There’s nothing that even compares in size.”
Nearly 100 Branch County citizens attended a meeting last Thursday at Union City Middle School to hear about the effects of wind turbines.
The Delta County Election Commission has determined that recall petition language submissions related to two Fairbanks Township officials will be able to go forward. ...The new language states that these officials “(voted) yes on a motion to grant Heritage Sustainable Energy township consent to place electrical power lines within the Delta County road right-of-way without requesting Heritage provide compensation to the township."
MATTESON TOWNSHIP — DTE Energy has been leasing easement rights from property owners in Matteson Township and other Branch County townships.
Waldron Road was crowded with cars on both sides as the Wheatland Township Planning Commission hosted a standing-room only public hearing on Thursday night to discuss the future of the township’s wind ordinance.
Beaver Township has drafted and passed an ordinance that officials with DTE Energy say ultimately prevents the utility from planting a wind farm project in the rural Bay County community.
Greg Moore, Community Affairs Manager for Consumers Energy said it is “not out buying land or leasing land for wind or solar. We’ve got what we need.”
L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board passed a resolution in support of the proposed Summit Lake Wind Project at a special meeting on Friday.
UPPER THUMB — Developing NextEra Wind Energy Resources’ Pegasus Wind Energy Center farm is on hold until federal regulations are met.
Details revealed during ‘community outreach’ LAPEER — DTE Energy Co. officials say a planned wind farm in northern Lapeer County could carry a price tag of up to $300 million, and that the number of people signing on to be involved has grown “substantially.”
The Huron County Planning Commission has recommended the board of commissioners ban wind energy development for another year in the 16 county-zoned townships. The Huron County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday morning whether to approve the moratorium.
Commissioners – along with as many as 200 attendees – listened as, one-by-one, concerned citizens shared their thoughts, fears and hopes regarding wind energy farms in the county. Planners are considering whether to recommend six changes to an ordinance already amended last year.
The Algansee Township board became the latest to adopt a two year moratorium on wind turbines and solar farms; or until it can refine its ordinances pending a review by consultants.
The L’Anse Township Planning Commission hosted a public forum on Thursday featuring a presentation by Kevon Martis, who spoke with community members about the wind farm proposed by the Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Group.
CARO, MI -- NextEra Energy is one step closer to building its third wind farm in Tuscola County and its fourth in the state.
BARAGA TOWNSHIP — The Township Board appointed Susan Durham as a new member of the planning commission at the meeting on Tuesday evening.
BAD AXE -- Huron County planners are frowning upon the use of the term "wind park" by wind developers.
After residents and officials spent several years debating whether or not wind turbines are good for the county, voters turned down additional development in Sherman, Sigel, Sand Beach, Lincoln, Dwight and Bloomfield townships in May. The referendums for wind energy overlay zones proposed by NextEra Energy Resources and DTE Energy failed in county-zoned municipalities by a 2 to 1 margin.
On Saturday morning, the Juniata Township Planning Commission planned a Public Hearing for Special Land Use Permits (SLUP) for the Pegasus Wind Center. The meeting was to be held in a tent outside in the snowy winter weather at 9am with two tall propane heaters on the grass in the center of the tent.