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“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.”
Plans for a wind farm in central Clinton County that has been mired in controversy and legal battles for years appear to have been canceled.
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.
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.
Developers this year plan to build nearly 150 wind turbines in the state’s unofficial wind energy capital, boosting Huron County’s total count to about 475.
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.
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.
MACOMB — Huron County, Michigan’s unofficial wind energy capital with 328 turbines and plans for 150 more, took center stage Thursday at a Macomb Community College roundtable event.
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.
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.
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.
Three Clinton County townships are seeking a hearing before the Michigan Supreme Court in their legal battle against a proposed wind farm.
After hearing several people in the audience urge them to approve changes to the Mason County zoning ordinance regarding placement of future wind turbines in the county, the county board did unanimously approve those changes.
DTE Energy says a decision has not been made on whether it will build the remainder of a 58-turbine project planned for Colfax and Chandler townships — another factor hinting at a shift in wind development in Huron County. In a May 5 referendum, 60 percent of Meade Township voters decided they didn’t want to see 48 wind turbines built in their township as part of DTE’s Meade Wind Park. Six turbines were planned for Colfax and four in Chandler.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” DTE spokesperson Scott Simons said, adding that it was part of the utility’s plan to bring clean and affordable energy to Michigan residents and a commitment to a state mandate requiring utilities to generate 10 percent from renewable energy sources. “As a result, we’re exploring different sites outside Huron County.”
Michigan may have already harvested its low-hanging fruit on renewable energy. Opportunities exist to greatly expand cleaner energy sources statewide, but they will come with more challenges.
Are local businesses already making layoffs, following the county board’s recent move to prohibit new wind energy projects for up to six months? One county commissioner says so. But some businesses told the Tribune it hasn’t gotten to that point — yet.
The news media is at its best when risking the wrath of powerful interests by telling an underdog’s side of a story. When those rare instances arise, the news media stand tall. What seems to increasingly be occurring, however, features the news media misidentifying some entities as underdogs and failing to realize that a charade is being acted out.
In a move aimed at blocking development of a wind farm on and around Whealkate Bluff, the Adams Township Board of Trustees voted Monday not to amend a wind farm ordinance to allow turbines closer to homes than originally intended. The move came at the end of a packed public meeting in which well over 100 township residents made it vocally clear most would prefer not to see the wind turbines on their skyline.
With the passing of a moratorium on wind energy Thursday, construction of two projects have been delayed, while expansion of another also is on hold.