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At what cost? Wind farm frustration grows throughout Michigan’s Thumb region

“It’s important that the community know the short-term, mid-term, and long-term consequences of having turbines in the community,” Tussey said. “It’s not a situation where, if you don’t like it, you can just turn it off. It’s more akin to building a bridge, and once a bridge is built, it’s built.” Tussey plans to work with the concerned citizens in Ellington Township on an educational campaign intended to deliver straight facts about turbines – and not just at public meetings held during major snowstorms.
5 Mar 2016

Ellington Township Board discussion on NextEra's planned Tuscola III wind farm

Residents attended the Ellington Township board of trustees meeting held March 1, 2016 during a major snowstorm in Michigan's Thumb region. The residents are clearly seen pleading for the board to put safety ahead of the monetary opportunities from a NextEra wind energy proposal. At least one of the board members is a leaseholder and financially vested in the project proceeding. The project application is ripping the community apart where 90% of the households oppose the project. The news story covering this meeting can be read here.
1 Mar 2016

Tuscola III talk tabled, for now

“Day after day, month after month, the wind developers are relentless in trying to force wind turbines in our townships in locations where the turbines will be negatively affecting the residents’ health, safety and welfare,” said Ellington Township resident Bobbie Mozden. “Board members, please revise the wind ordinance and protect our township residents.”
20 Feb 2016

Township officials defend their wind farm deals

Roger Knight feels township officials shouldn’t have voted on the windmill zoning ordinance changes because of their leases with Exelon, a company with plans to construct 68 windmills across three Sanilac County townships. “It’s the wrong way of doing business,” Knight said. “There’s nothing fair about it.”
13 Jan 2016

Wind zoning public hearing Wednesday

During Tuesday’s regular Board of Commissioners meeting, Board Chairman John Nugent said he has concerns about changes the planning commissioners made after receiving proposed ordinance changes from the county’s Wind Energy Zoning Committee, an ad hoc committee created by county commissioners in early 2014 to investigate wind energy and advise the planning commission.
29 Oct 2015

County board eyes changes to wind turbine ordinance

Among the revisions the board voted in favor of adopting was increasing the setback to 1,640 feet from non-participating property lines.  ...The board also voted to adopt a proposed revision that would require wind turbine developers to ensure the existence of funds for decommissioning turbines by buying bonds. 
23 Oct 2015

Residents urge planners not to rush new wind ordinance

Slowing the process of getting a new wind energy ordinance for the county isn’t bothering some residents. “I feel there’s a tendency, a human tendency, (of) ‘Let’s finally get rid of this thing and pass something,’ ” Keith Iseler of Port Hope said Wednesday when county planners met, commending their efforts before again reviewing a new rulebook for wind turbines.
5 Sep 2015

County still concerned about wind power suits

As officials further debate the chapters of a new rule book for wind projects, the threat of litigation against the county is becoming a recurring concern. In July, the attorney for the board of commissioners, Stephen Allen, cautioned that new wind energy regulations should be based on reason, rather than opinion.
11 Aug 2015
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