Articles from Michigan
HOLLAND -- Airport officials don't want modern, sky-high versions of windmills near the Tulip City Airport.
You’ve probably seen photos of oil rigs in the ocean. Now picture towering wind turbines dotting Michigan’s farmlands and the shallow waters of the Great Lakes, generating clean power to light homes and run factories.
State officials are looking for a few farmers to test the wind with more than a wet index finger. Michigan State University will place five anemometers around the state to measure wind velocity, the first step in gauging whether wind generators are feasible statewide.
A Michigan-based companay, Mackinaw LLC, is looking at Mt. Greeley in the Keweenaw as a possible location for wind turbines.
“This is a much more extensive ordinance than the first one and includes much more than height and noise restriction,” Land Use Director Richard Edmonds stated.
So maybe there won't be a rush to windmill-generated energy. Otsego County's ordinance has attracted the attention of law- makers in Lansing who think the state should get involved with regulating their use.
“People need to have an appreciation for the value of homes,” said Dodie Stark, an agent for Coldwell Banker Anchor Real Estate, in Oceana County. “For many, real estate is their biggest investment and a means to a secure retirement. Views are very important, especially in a resort area, and a group of 400-foot-tall wind turbines 500 feet from homes or cottages could have a devastating effect on property values.”
A citizens group called Residents for Sound Economics and Planning asked the court to rule that Huron County Clerk Peggy Koehler hold a referendum. On Thursday, the judge reportedly denied the complaint and ruled that the clerk acted properly in deciding that the petitions were inadequate.
"The truth is, they're giving themselves carte blanche at that site," said Eagle Harbor Township Supervisor Ed Kisiel.
COPEMISH — Several northern Michigan residents are already working on plans for the 2006 Michigan Energy Fair, which is scheduled for June 16-18 at the Manistee County Fairgrounds in Onekama.
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said it is seeking public comments on the MPSC staff's recently released 2004-2005 Michigan Renewables Energy Program report (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mrep_annual_2005_143719_7.pdf) by Jan. 31, 2006.
BAD AXE — Circuit Court Judge M. Richard Knoblock Wednesday adjourned a hearing requesting an injunction to prevent Huron County from issuing any building permits for wind turbines after attorneys for Residents for Sound Economics and Planning and Noble Energy agreed to postpone the hearing until Dec. 22.
The groundbreaking took place at a Noble construction site on Atwater Road near Ubly.
Bingham Township - (12/02/05)--Michigan's first wind farm is one step closer to reality. Ground was broken Friday for the renewable energy project near Ubly, which will most likely see the landscape dotted with huge wind turbines soon.
BAD AXE — Residents for Sound Economics and Planning have filed a lawsuit against Huron County and Clerk Peggy Koehler, asking the court to issue an injunction that would stop the construction of wind turbines in the county until a referendum could be held on the zoning ordinance passed by the county board of commissioners during the summer.
Sometimes it's not easy being green. Proponents say Michigan is ideal for wind generation, a Green Power energy source that is pollution free and self renewing. But some worry that spinning wind turbine blades up to 85-feet long could be lethal scythes for migrating birds, especially if, as some predict, wind generation gathers steam in Michigan.
Some people are willing to pay extra to use electricity generated from wind and other renewable sources. Should everyone pay for "green power," even if they don't want it? No, the state appeals court said.
How should wind turbine use in Michigan be governed: at the state or local level?
No electrical power plant manager/scheduler who wants to keep their job will ever lower the output of a reliable and dispatchable fossil or nuclear fuel plant by placing their faith in the wind. So the net effect, after we've exposed our tourism industry, our property values and children's well being to these WTGs, is that they will yield little if any usable electricity.
"Huron County: We've got the breeze." You might see that saying, or something similar, on a T-shirt next summer.