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Companies meet to put up wind turbines in Riga Twp.

Tani Wright says, "Of every concern that's been displayed here tonight, I haven't heard a single positive." And Germaine Binns says, "The noise is the biggest factor, just like the attorney said. Even our own attorney said he wouldn't want to live next to one." Riga Township hired an attorney because of the plans.

The winds of change could be blowing soon. Two energy companies have their designs on Riga Township, Michigan. That's on the eastern border of Lenawee County, near Blissfield.

Each company wants to put up wind turbines. Plans call for an estimated 100 turbines in all. But some are not willing to bend.

In Riga Township, a meeting was held about the turbines. It will likely be one in a series of meetings. If these plans go through, this would be the biggest wind farm in Michigan.

Riga Township is what those on the planning commission call a hotbed for wind power. Studies have found the area is ripe for tapping into this resource, turning it into energy and distributing it. Peter Endres says, "We start at the desktop, looking at maps. Then we come out and look at the site."

Doug Duimering with John Deere's Wind Energy says, "We think that when the community learns more about the project, we'll be able to address the concern that they've raised and that they'll realize it's a great project for everyone."

John Deere's Wind Energy division is looking into setting up a turbine farm here. So is Juwi, a company based out of Germany. To get the desired wattage, each company would need roughly... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The winds of change could be blowing soon. Two energy companies have their designs on Riga Township, Michigan. That's on the eastern border of Lenawee County, near Blissfield.

Each company wants to put up wind turbines. Plans call for an estimated 100 turbines in all. But some are not willing to bend.

In Riga Township, a meeting was held about the turbines. It will likely be one in a series of meetings. If these plans go through, this would be the biggest wind farm in Michigan.

Riga Township is what those on the planning commission call a hotbed for wind power. Studies have found the area is ripe for tapping into this resource, turning it into energy and distributing it. Peter Endres says, "We start at the desktop, looking at maps. Then we come out and look at the site."

Doug Duimering with John Deere's Wind Energy says, "We think that when the community learns more about the project, we'll be able to address the concern that they've raised and that they'll realize it's a great project for everyone."

John Deere's Wind Energy division is looking into setting up a turbine farm here. So is Juwi, a company based out of Germany. To get the desired wattage, each company would need roughly 50 large scale turbines. That's where the concerns come in.

Tani Wright says, "Of every concern that's been displayed here tonight, I haven't heard a single positive."

And Germaine Binns says, "The noise is the biggest factor, just like the attorney said. Even our own attorney said he wouldn't want to live next to one."

Riga Township hired an attorney because of the plans. He says the township can't stop the turbines, but it can regulate them. Attorney Michael Homier says, "As you can see, there are some in favor of this and there are some opposed to it, and I hope they will meet somewhere in the middle."

What those regulations will be is anyone's guess. For now, the wheels are turning on both sides of a power struggle. We expect to hear more at the township hall Monday. One of the developers, John Deere, will lay out more specific plans.


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JUL 16 2010
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