Articles from Michigan
Several bills in the Michigan Legislature are circulating to promote wind power and other forms of alternative energy.
A national “wind energy developer” hopes to build 50 to 60 massive windmills – each nearly 400 feet tall – on about 8,000 acres of farmland in Centerville Township, and sell “green” electrical power to utilities in the region.
LIVINGSTON TWP. - Otsego County Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Ordinance recommended to them by the county Planning Commission.
EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Keweenaw County may lose the dubious honor of being the only county in the state with a county-wide zoning ordinance.
EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Miscommunications may have helped to widen a potentially irreparable rift this week between Keweenaw County officials and Lowell, Mich.-based Mackinaw Power, LLC. The county has been in contract negotiations with the power company regarding possible wind turbine use on the north face of Mt. Horace Greeley in Eagle Harbor Township.
On the flip side, the jury is still out on a number of issues regarding wind power. Local officials have decried the lack of environmental studies done in advance of the test site to determine the impact on local migratory bird populations and other wildlife.
GAYLORD - Wind turbine generators may soon be allowed in Otsego County, after officials spent two years formulating a proposed zoning change. Whether anyone wants to build a turbine is another matter.
EAGLE RIVER - Any wind farms on Mt. Horace Greeley will have to wait a little while longer.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.