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Wind project plans end for Manistee, Benzie counties

Duke Energy Renewables began looking at sites for a 200 megawatt wind farm in Manistee County's Arcadia and Pleasanton townships and Benzie County's Blaine and Joyfield townships during 2009. The company had named the proposed wind farm Gail Windpower Project.

MANISTEE - The company planning a wind farm for townships in northern Manistee and southern Benzie counties announced Wednesday it will discontinue work on those plans.

Duke Energy Renewables began looking at sites for a 200 megawatt wind farm in Manistee County's Arcadia and Pleasanton townships and Benzie County's Blaine and Joyfield townships during 2009. The company had named the proposed wind farm Gail Windpower Project.

By September 2011, Duke Energy narrowed the scope of its project to Pleasanton and Joyfield townships and on Wednesday announced it was pulling out altogether.

Company spokeswoman Alanya Schofield said there were two main reasons for the decision:

• the company had not secured a long-term agreement with a power purchaser and it determined the timing for the Gail Windpower Project may not align with the anticipated need for renewable power in Michigan's wholesale electricity market.

•and Duke Energy Renewables recently committed to build five large-scale wind power projects in 2012 - two in Kansas, two in Texas and one in Pennsylvania - and the company intends to focus its efforts on constructing those projects and investing in the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

MANISTEE - The company planning a wind farm for townships in northern Manistee and southern Benzie counties announced Wednesday it will discontinue work on those plans.

Duke Energy Renewables began looking at sites for a 200 megawatt wind farm in Manistee County's Arcadia and Pleasanton townships and Benzie County's Blaine and Joyfield townships during 2009. The company had named the proposed wind farm Gail Windpower Project.

By September 2011, Duke Energy narrowed the scope of its project to Pleasanton and Joyfield townships and on Wednesday announced it was pulling out altogether.

Company spokeswoman Alanya Schofield said there were two main reasons for the decision:

• the company had not secured a long-term agreement with a power purchaser and it determined the timing for the Gail Windpower Project may not align with the anticipated need for renewable power in Michigan's wholesale electricity market.

•and Duke Energy Renewables recently committed to build five large-scale wind power projects in 2012 - two in Kansas, two in Texas and one in Pennsylvania - and the company intends to focus its efforts on constructing those projects and investing in the communities that will host them.

The company stated it began notifying participating landowners and other key stakeholders of its decision earlier this week, and it will keep its Beulah office - 137 S. Benzie Blvd., (231) 882-9626 - open by appointment through March 30, to answer questions from landowners.


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JAN 19 2012
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