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Wind energy debate blows into Lincoln Township

Residents met in Lincoln Township this week to voice opinions on DTE Energy’s application for a new wind energy overlay district. A planning area covers more than 39,000 acres and 61 square miles across four townships: 22,080 in Lincoln and 5,760 each in Sigel, Dwight and Bloomfield. DTE says it expects the currently unnamed project to be between 100 and 150 megawatts and 50 to 70 wind turbines.
14 Apr 2016

Company pays to lift $7.4 million in liens filed against landowners

Documents filed April 1 at the Huron County Clerk’s Office show RES Construction Inc.’s lien is for $3.3 million and Fisher Contracting Co.’s is for $4.1 million. ...Algonquin representatives and county planners meeting discussed the liens. ...officials say an affected property owner wanted to build a shed but couldn’t due to the lien.
9 Apr 2016

Dozens speak up about plan for more turbines

But because a flood of information and letters arrived just before the meeting, member Carl Duda made a motion to table a decision. Brock agreed, saying he would prefer more time for review rather than push any action. Brock says planners won’t take action on the project at their April 6 meeting. They instead hope to set a special meeting at a later date.
1 Apr 2016

NextEra files plans with FAA for new wind farm

The applications were filed less than 24 hours after video and audio recordings of a March 14, 2016, Almer Township Planning Commission meeting, show a NextEra representative saying the company couldn’t provide details about specific locations because it was “still working on its plans.”
24 Mar 2016

Citizens take windmill concerns to county

“Catastrophic failures do happen,” said Block, a local businessman who supported the recent petition drive for a referendum on Marion Township’s expanded windmill district. “The two recent events in Huron County prove the need and importance of proper setbacks.”
9 Mar 2016

Wind Energy Meeting in Argyle Saturday on March 8 vote

The Concerned Citizens of Argyle and Moore Townships held a Facts vs Fiction meeting at the St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Argyle Township on Saturday for nearly 100 area residents. Attendees heard speakers on the topics of abandoning homes, zoning ordinances, and acoustics. Voters in Argyle Township will see a proposed Ordinance Amendment on the March 8th ballot.
22 Feb 2016

Citizens critical of windmill project; Marion officials approve plans; referendum possible

Citizens in yet another township may get their say at the ballot box regarding windmills. Approximately 100 people packed the Deckerville Community Center last Thursday evening, where the Marion Township Board of Trustees considered the proposal by Exelon Generation to expand its windmill district, and the planning commission considered the company’s site review application for 40 additional wind turbines.
27 Jan 2016

Planning commission approves new wind energy ordinance

Nearly two years of work came to a close in a two-hour session Wednesday night at the Huron County Expo Center, where officials agreed in a 7-2 vote to set sail the ship that is the new wind energy ordinance to county commissioners for a final decision. Follow along to see the night’s progression and the in-betweens.
6 Nov 2015

Project to build 72 turbines put on hold

Plans to build 72 wind turbines in north and northeastern Huron County have been put on hold. The county’s director of building and zoning, Jeff Smith, said in an email a contract with the RES Americas construction group has ended, putting the Deerfield Wind project on hold.
24 Oct 2015

DTE Energy moving into next phase for Pinnebog Wind Project with a few challenges

Three participating landowners out of 17 who already have contracts with DTE Energy through previous projects have not signed a property line distance setback waiver at this time for various reasons. One landowner, who spoke at the meeting, even offered to return all money received by DTE in the years they have been a participant in order to no longer be involved in wind energy. 
7 Oct 2015

Renewables just a hood ornament on fossil fuel power system

Nevertheless, the public remains mostly unaware of the degree to which the heavily subsidized or mandated renewable energy sources, including wind and solar, rely on fossil fuels. More than half the electric generation nominally credited to wind power is actually produced by fossil fuels, mostly natural gas.
4 Sep 2015

DTE planning another wind park

Waters says DTE is exploring several potential wind energy projects, both outside and inside Huron County, as a replacement for the Meade Wind Park ...In a May referendum, 60 percent of Meade Township voters decided against the Meade Wind Park. 
15 Aug 2015
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