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The Wind Energy Subcommittee for the Huron County Planning Commission plans to meet frequently to consider what many believe are long-needed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.
If you're one of the thousands of people who hike, hunt or camp in the national forests just south of here, you might see trees replaced with wind turbines. The U.S. Forest Service is drafting a plan that would deem more than half of the land prime for wind farms.
Voters in Osceola County's Sherman Township have overturned regulations for wind turbines in referendums twice in recent years. That was enough to make Heritage Sustainable Energy give up on plans to locate wind turbines there.
The Mason County Planning Commission is continuing its crash course in sound engineering this month as it hopes to have a proposed final sound mitigation testing plan for Lake Winds Energy Park to discuss at its first meeting in April.
An ordinance drafted by county planning commissioners will slow the process of approving wind turbine projects, ensure federal and state funding for the county and potentially affect development of downtown and business districts in Bad Axe and the villages of Ubly and Elkton.
The Mason County Board of Commissioners is involved with other counties in fighting a Michigan Tax Tribunal decision to reduce expected tax revenues for wind turbines. The board is expected to decide soon if it will approve an amendment to that agreement.
The cause for the wind turbine blade that broke in Chandler Township last month has been found, according to the company that manufactures the blades. A General Electric spokeswoman released a statement Monday, explaining the cause of the Nov. 8 blade break at the Echo Wind Park was a spar cap-manufacturing irregularity.
With a vote of 87-48, residents decided to reinforce a zoning ordinance approved in May by the Paris Township Board. The ordinance states that turbines must be 2,000 feet from all property owners who did not participate in the wind project.
Martis and joined several IICC members in protesting the wind energy forum at the Kellogg Center on Monday morning. "The people sitting inside here are the architects of the failed Proposal 3 campaign last fall..." he said. "We've already said no to your proposal once before, we want you to go away now."
A few missing pieces remain, including an owner/operator, a power grid connectivity review and another step from the county, Redburn said. If a buyer bites, the wind farm would need a considerable amount of temporary workers to build it. Swan Bay Wind would maintain a presence, both as a majority shareholder and with an office in town, Smillie said. Any landowners could negotiate directly with the local company, rather than the owner/operator.
Exelon asked that commissioners allow the company to replace the $1 million surety bond and corporate guarantee for decommissioning with a bond supplemented by a guarantee from Continental Wind, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon. The company has stated the change is needed because the current system of guaranteeing the funds forces Exelon to keep the $1 million on their books, preventing the company from making future investments.
Wruble is referring to the values that are being reported by owners of local wind energy developments. ..."From one township to another, or one development to another, they're not consistent on what is being reported," Wruble said. "... There should be some semblance of consistency, being they're relatively the same type of application and equipment (that were) built at the same time."
An Exelon Corp. official was on hand to talk to the Huron County Board of Commissioners this week regarding the company's proposal for financing for about half of its wind turbines in its portfolio.
Local wind energy developers have filed nearly 100 appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in efforts to pay what the state - not what local governments - claim is the appropriate taxes for wind farms. And local officials are anything but happy.
The Huron County Board of Commissioners opted not to allow a change in the decommissioning funding for Exelon's Harvest II Wind farm at its Tuesday morning meeting. Exelon had requested changing the $1 million from a performance bond and a corporate guarantee to a letter of credit from an A-grade bank.
Commissioner Jeremy Tietz said the leaseholders had come to him and asked if there was anything the board could do in the face of disagreement between them and Next Era Energy over turbine placement. ...Project Manager Ryan Pumford told the Tribune that the company had come to an agreement with the leaseholders saying that they were able to meet most of the requests.
Xcel's legal filing claims New Era agreed to pay delay damages if it did not meet various milestone dates. That language was approved by the PUC in 2010 for two 39-megawatt contracts. Additionally, Xcel's lawsuit claims that New Era was required to establish a security fund totaling $5.85 million ...the fund was never created.
It was a full house at Wednesday night's Huron County Planning Commission meeting. So full, in fact, that they moved it to a different house - the district courthouse. A crowd of more than 50 saw planners approve a site plan review for NextEra's Pheasant Run Wind Project, 6-1.
All seats were filled and residents lined the walls at the Paris Township Hall Monday night as the board held a second public hearing seeking input regarding a zoning ordinance that some argue is too restrictive and others say will be fair to all.
If you're wondering how in the world this project could be economically viable for anybody involved - and the partners are the city of Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor Public Schools; and Wind Products, the company that estimated the output - it's all about the subsidy. The U.S. Department of Energy is ready to pony up $951,000 in taxpayer money for the $1.44 million project.