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Consumers Energy Co. officials say the company is working to address some of the concerns of neighbors of the Lake Winds Energy Park wind farm - in particular, "shadow flicker" -- although the company says the wind farm already meets all permit requirements.
The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs will continue to suffer harm, including physical injury, emotional distress and loss of property value if they continue to be exposed to the wind farm's operation. The $250 million Lake Winds Energy Park development generates 100.8 megawatts of electricity. Its Vestas turbines are 312 feet high at the hub, with rotor blades having a 328-foot diameter.
A group of homeowners living near Consumers Energy wind turbines in Riverton and Summit townships are currently suing the company for damages they say are caused by operating the turbines. There are 17 people who have joined as plaintiffs in the case, which was filed Monday. ...The 56-turbine park began operations on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
This lawsuit filed against Consumers Energy Company, owner of the Lake Winds Energy Park consisting of fifty-six Vestas V100 1.8 megawatt turbines with a total installed capacity of 100.8 megawatts. An excerpt of the complaint is provided below. The full complaint can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
In this video, Cary Shineldecker of Riverton Township in Mason County MI, testifies about life inside the CMS Energy Lakewinds wind plant which includes 56 Vestas 1.8MW V100 Turbines. Each machine is 476' tall. The closest turbine is 1139 feet from his home. CMS received $73 million in federal stimulus funding for the $255 Million project. The installed cost for this wind project is $2,500/KW which is 25% higher than the national average. This is because MI must use "low wind" wind turbines due to an average 6.5M/s wind resource, far lower than Iowa's 8.5M/s resource. CMS is currently planning a new combined cycle natural gas plant of 700MW capacity with a price tag of $750 million. It will have an average capacity of nearly 700MW or 28 times more capacity than the wind plant for only $1100/KW. Cary's home can be seen here: http://www.windaction.org/pictures/36123 Duration: 17 minutes 7 seconds
This letter was submitted to the Delta County Michigan Building and Zoning Board in reference to noise eminating from the Heritage Garden Wind farm, a 28 megawatt (14 turbine) energy facility sited in Garden Township. The project became fully operational in September 2012 but by October 2012 complaints of noise poured in. The document attached to this page was prepared and signed by 73 residents impacted by the project.
The Lake Winds Energy Park erected and owned by Consumers Energy Company consists of 56 Vestas V-100 turbines (100 megawatts) each standing 476'. This image shows one turbine sited 1139' from a residence. The project is scheduled to go online before the end of 2012. The house shown in the picture has 13 turbines within a mile of the property and 22 within a mile and one half.
The Wiltzer family claims to have suffered from numerous issues as a result of the wind turbine's construction, including sleep disturbance, dizziness, stress, fatigue, weight loss, headaches, motion disturbance, and so on. According to the suit, the members of the family live in a cottage in order to avoid the health effects of living near the wind turbine.
Written 14 months ago, the context of the email was what appears to have been a successful effort by government bureaucrats to derail a pending noise level reduction recommendation. The email advising state employees delete conversations was one of several emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to the wind turbine noise level issue.
Just as the legal system refused to side with the opponents, so did the elected officials in Mason County. The opposition energy is being put into trying to defeat at the polls this year six incumbent county commissioners who favored the wind farm development, Bergaila said while picketing in front of the chamber offices on U.S. 10 in Ludington.
"Ultimately, it comes down to what you personally believe (will be) the impact the turbines will have on Huron County. If approved, I believe the McKinley Overlay District will begin the process of destroying the quality of life for the residents along and near the shoreline, reduce residential property values, discourage tourism and damage migratory bird flyways."
Harvest Wind energy facility: 32 Vesta V82 (1.65 megawatt) wind turbines standing 387-feet tall each. The 52.8 megawatts facility went online at the end of 2007.
Photo is of the Harvest Wind energy facility: 32 Vesta V82 (1.65 megawatt) wind turbines standing 387-feet tall each. The 52.8 megawatts facility went online at the end of 2007.
Seven Vestas V-100 wind turbines located in Minden City, Michigan can be seen in this photo. The turbines stand 494' to tip of rotor and have a 330' rotor diameter.
During Wednesday's Huron County Planning Commission meeting, officials said they had been contacted by landowners in the project area, which includes land in McKinley, Chandler and Oliver townships, because they had concerns that contractors installing underground electrical cables have not been respectful of the farm land, and they fear the activities will affect the condition of the land in the spring.
A group of residents opposed to the project, called "Concerned Citizens of Merritt Township," have hired a Saginaw attorney to represent them in their attempt to change the township's 2010 ordinance that would increase the minimum distance between a wind turbine and a home from a quarter-mile to a half-mile.
The Kobetzes claim the wind tower's motion and noise from the turbine has resulted in a loss of property value and loss of enjoyment of their property. The Spencers claim that placement of the electricity-generating tower is allowed by township zoning and protected under the Michigan Right to Farm Act.
Dave and Stephanie Hulthen spoke on "Life with Dekalb Turbines". They are from DeKalb County, Illinois. They live in the middle of an industrial wind farm. There are thirteen industrial wind turbines located within one mile of their home, two within 1400 feet. Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School in Michigan. IICC is opposing wind turbine siting in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, Michigan. Duration: 41 minutes 29 seconds
Not everyone is happy about it. A group of about 20 residents, calling themselves the "Concerned Citizens of Merritt Township," aren't filing petitions but are going to residents' homes providing information on what they call the dangers of wind farms.
While the report says published evidence directly linking noise from wind turbines to adverse health effects is based on studies of airport and road traffic noise, "there is no reason to suspect wind turbine noise will have less of a harmful effect than noise from road traffic or airplanes," Rosenman said.