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Central Michigan University could help create a statewide wind energy movement if a planned research study confirms one professor's suppositions. Associate professor of physics Frederick Phelps plans to conduct a two-year wind study of the central and northern Michigan area at dozens of sites to determine if wind velocities are sufficient to make wind turbines economically feasible.
Noble Environmental Power has decided to delay building the first phase of its wind park near Ubly until next year. For almost a year, the company and DTE Energy have been working on an interconnection agreement that would use the utility company's power lines to move energy generated by the park's wind-powered turbines. The agreement, however, has become entangled in red tape involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
SHELBY -- The race to develop more energy from renewable sources could spark proposals to build large wind turbines in Lake Michigan within five years, according to a government energy expert.
Please note that anything of lighter color or crossed out is the recommendation from the township attorney. The markup reflects the attorney's view that any environmental clauses can be challenged in the courts and the township should not take on the liability of being an "expert" in intrepreting the studies presented to them by the developer or citizen.
Twenty-eight percent said utility costs were their most difficult costs to pay, ahead of taxes, worker's compensation and other items. Only insurance, pushed up by rapidly rising health care premiums, ranked higher than electricity and gas among businesses polled.
CEDAR — Possible plans for a wind farm in Centerville Township are on hold until at least next year while the township drafts a zoning ordinance to regulate commercial windmills. Tim Johnson, township planning commission chairman, said Noble Environmental Power agreed to not submit a formal application until the ordinance — which would apply to wind energy projects proposed by Noble or any other developer — is complete.
The City of Traverse City installed a wind generator in June 1995 on a hill west of the city. In this photo shot Thursday, July 27, 2006, the unit stands on a 160-foot tower with a blade diameter of 144 feet. The huge wind turbine was the largest in the United States when installed.
In January, Noble Environmental Power - which operates wind parks in Connecticut and New York and has an office in Bad Axe - said 32 turbines would be up by July. Now, the plan is to build seven, and that must wait until the company and DTE Energy have determined how to move the power they generate to the Thumb's electrical-transmission system. "Once we solve these interconnection issues, we'll proceed with building the wind park" as originally planned, said Noble's Jeanette Haggen, the project's development manager.
Ishpeming, Michigan [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Construction is currently under way this month on a rare wind energy project, a 200 kilowatt (kW) vertical-axis wind turbine outside a large residential complex in Michigan.
The debate state residents and lawmakers should be having about how best to harness our untapped wealth of wind power has been reduced to an emotion-packed battle between local control and state mandates.
But as the wind power movement that began in the state's pastoral northern region heads toward Metro Detroit, advocates admit the clean electricity source is not without drawbacks.
GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — The Golden Township Planning Commission was complimented last week for tightening up its wind turbine ordinance, but it still wasn’t tight enough for some attending the June 21 public hearing.
TRAVERSE CITY — Some of his neighbors on Old Mission Peninsula may not like the idea, but State Rep. Howard Walker continues his push to bring windmills to Michigan by overriding local zoning.
Every month, customers of Consumers Energy pay a tad more on their utility bill to subsidize renewable energy in Michigan, and it's an even bet most don't even know it. ...It's only a measly nickel, and for what some believe is a noble cause. But Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox wants to yank the plug.
Earlier this spring, about 50 people gathered in Traverse City to discuss the future of wind-generated electricity in Michigan.
A wind-energy project in the Thumb Area is being scaled back. It was expected that more than a couple of dozen huge wind turbines would be up and producing electricity this summer. But that's not going to happen, at least for now.
The Green Generation program offers Consumers Energy's 1.8 million statewide electric customers an opportunity to support renewable energy by voluntarily enrolling in the program and paying a small premium. Payment options range from purchasing a "green block" of power for as little as $2.50 per month, to matching current monthly usage for approximately $12 - $14 per month.
CANNON TOWNSHIP -- Soaring energy costs and a resident's request about alternatives have prompted Cannon Township officials to consider ways to regulate wind turbines. The township Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 6 p.m. June 13 to get residents' opinions on a zoning ordinance amendment that would create a special land use for wind energy harvest sites and individual wind turbine generators for on-site service only.
Have we spent all this time on research and attending meetings in order to have our valid concerns not taken seriously enough because select members on the commission have potential financial gain based on an ordinance written in favor of turbines being erected in our Township?