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There’s now a 120 day moratorium in place in Bay County’s Kawkawlin Township stopping special use and construction permits for wind turbines being proposed by D-T-E Energy.
Utility’s figures also suggest tens of thousands of acres of solar collectors coming here
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.
Over 200 people crowded into Monitor Township Hall, Monday night, and more were outside listening to the debate over windmills.
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.”
The often-controversial wind turbines are stirring up residents in a Mid-Michigan community. Residents worry their leaders are out to change local ordinances to make it easy for utility companies to put up fields of gigantic windmills.
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."
An Oklahoma man spent some time dangling from his safety rope when he slipped while doing maintenance on a wind turbine in Sheridan 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.
They require setbacks of four times the tower height and aircraft warning lights that illuminate only when activated by radar. "DTE can still come as long they're able to live by the rules we've set forth.
A ballot campaign to double Michigan’s renewable standard risks re-politicizing the industry and causing project siting issues, some developers worry.
There are no wind turbines currently installed in Beaver Township. Gray said DTE is scouting different municipalities for their next wind farm to see which ordinances would best suit their needs.
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.
During the Thursday, April 5 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, a couple of citizens voiced their concerns about industrial windmills and asked the board to begin working on a windmill ordinance.
The planning board decided that the sound level to the nearest nonparticipating property line must not exceed 45 decibels. Planning board members haggled over the minimum setback for non-participating parties; settling on 325 percent of turbine height. They set the maximum commercial turbine height at 500 feet; with no interference of television, radio or cell phone service.
UPPER THUMB — Developing NextEra Wind Energy Resources’ Pegasus Wind Energy Center farm is on hold until federal regulations are met.