Videos from Michigan
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.
Two Michigan residents share their experiences living inside utility scale wind plants. One is a long-time supporter of wind energy and other is a man who has leased his ground to wind developers. Both now have profound regret. Special thanks to Kevon Martis for making this video available.
Competing energy forums were held on the same day at the same location. One sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association. The other by the Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC). Michigan Capitol Confidential, a press entity in Michigan, was thrown out of the AWEA event. The story continued.
In this video, Cary Shineldecker of Riverton Township in Mason County MI, testifies about life inside the CMS Energy Lakewinds wind plant which includes 56 Vestas 1.8MW V100 Turbines. Each machine is 476' tall. The closest turbine is 1139 feet from his home. CMS received $73 million in federal stimulus funding for the $255 Million project. The installed cost for this wind project is $2,500/KW which is 25% higher than the national average. This is because MI must use "low wind" wind turbines due to an average 6.5M/s wind resource, far lower than Iowa's 8.5M/s resource. CMS is currently planning a new combined cycle natural gas plant of 700MW capacity with a price tag of $750 million. It will have an average capacity of nearly 700MW or 28 times more capacity than the wind plant for only $1100/KW. Cary's home can be seen here: http://www.windaction.org/pictures/36123 Duration: 17 minutes 7 seconds
Robert Rand has thirty years' experience in acoustics including industrial noise control, environmental sound, and architectural acoustics. He has been a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering since 1993. In thos presentation, Rand explains turbine noise. Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School in Michigan. IICC is opposing wind turbine siting in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, Michigan. Duration: 59 minutes 24 seconds
Dave and Stephanie Hulthen spoke on "Life with Dekalb Turbines". They are from DeKalb County, Illinois. They live in the middle of an industrial wind farm. There are thirteen industrial wind turbines located within one mile of their home, two within 1400 feet. Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School in Michigan. IICC is opposing wind turbine siting in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, Michigan. Duration: 41 minutes 29 seconds
At least two members of the Planning Commission responsible for addressing a number of complaints about noise have contracts to install turbines on their own property. This situation prompted a suit by residents impacted by noise from the turbines. Duration: 3 minutes 7 seconds
This John Deere wind energy facility has been operational for four months and the concerns of turbine noise have become a reality. Click here to read more. Duration: 2 minutes 40 seconds
In 2007, The Michigan Public Service Board approved construction of an overhead transmission line in Livingston and Oakland counties by ITC Transmission. The Transmission line defies a Hartland Township local ordinance which requires all new electrical transmission lines to be buried. The new power line will stretch for 21-miles through a pristine section of Hartland Township. The poles will be between 100 and 140 feet in height. Similar transmission infrastructure is proposed or under construction to service wind facilities in the US. The Hartland residents express their concerns in this video. Duration: 3 minutes 9 seconds