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County removes property owner from wind park

The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 on Tuesday in favor of removing two parcels of land from the Pheasant Run Wind Energy Overlay District in Sebewaing Township. ...Jeff Smith, Huron County director of Building and Zoning, said that Bumhoffer was insistent at the meeting that he did not want to participate in wind energy.
10 Oct 2012

Public generates ideas at wind zone hearing

During public participation at Fairgrove Township Planning Commission's hearing Tuesday, one of the key concerns of several of those who spoke were the different distances for setbacks for participating property owners to have leases for proposed wind development compared to setbacks for non-participating property owners and roadways, and also some wording changes in some sections.
29 Sep 2012

Unusual tactic in wind turbine battle

Turbines can't be built near heliports — lift-off and landing pads for helicopters — and experts believe turbine opponents' tactic could reverberate statewide, just as Michigan's alternative energy debate intensifies.
26 Sep 2012

Unusual tactic in wind turbine battle

Some Benzie County residents launched a new weapon in their efforts to block rural wind turbine development: helicopters. ...Benzie's Joyfield Township - once considered part of a four-township site for an industrial wind farm - could soon have up to eight licensed, stand-alone public heliports.
26 Sep 2012

Wind turbine zoning vote to appear on November ballot

The amendment to the zoning ordinance appearing on the ballot in November establishes a setback distance of 2,250 feet as well as new standards on noise restrictions. Township Board Supervisor David Eggle said the planning commission reviewed siting standards and said the decision of the voters will determine the direction Sherman Township moves in the future with wind energy development.
21 Sep 2012

Most of Michigan is 'poor' or 'marginal' for wind energy

The newest wind turbines are nearly 500 feet tall and will be needed in Michigan to try to meet the demands of Proposal 3, the 25 percent renewable energy mandate, if voters pass the amendment in November. That's because almost the entire state of Michigan is "poor" or "marginal" for wind as a resource at 50 meters above ground.
14 Sep 2012

County votes to oppose ‘25 by 25'

The Huron County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose Michigan Ballot Proposal 3, more commonly known as "25 by 25." ...The board also voted to join the Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) for Michigan Coalition, which opposes the proposal.
13 Sep 2012

County makes decisions on wind

Several decisions involving wind turbines were made at Tuesday's Huron County Commissioners meeting. The board voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution to share legal costs related to wind turbine tax value determinations.
13 Sep 2012

Wind farms are a towering rural issue in Michigan

"Whoever you're talking to, they want you to be on their side of the issue. You've got one person, usually with a windmill on their property who's getting money for it, saying, 'Aren't they beautiful.' Then there's the other one, who doesn't have one, who feels they're ugly and has absolutely no use for it."
13 Aug 2012

DTE tries again for McKinley turbines

Wruble told the planning commission he was concerned because he's heard a landowner say they intentionally asked wind developers to site turbines as close to their neighbor's property as possible. He said he wants to see a map detailing where existing turbines sit and how close they are to a neighbor's home, versus how close they are to the property owner's home. Another issue Wruble brought up was whether the county will consider limiting how many turbines can be erected in Huron County.
17 Jul 2012

County projected to have 160 turbines by end of year

The local area is expected to have 160 wind turbines in operation by the end of the year, according to projections from the Huron County Building and Zoning Office. Jeff Smith, director of Huron County Building and Zoning, said that number includes the 78 turbines that currently are in operation in Huron County.
13 Jul 2012

Holland BPW plans for a windfarm have been scrapped

The Holland Board of Public Works has come up empty on an effort to establish a wind energy project. The city-owned utility pulled the plug on a proposed windfarm in Allegan County, after an analysis of wind speeds and other related information led officials to believe the project is not cost-effective.
13 Jul 2012

Raisin Township ordinances will allow wind turbines up to 120 feet

A series of ordinances regulating wind turbines in Raisin Township was described by township attorney David Lacasse as being a fair and balanced set of regulations. The township board approved the ordinances by unanimous voice votes Monday. "It gives reasonable regulation with the safety of residents being foremost," Lacasse said. "It's not as restrictive as some, but it achieves a real good balance."
12 Jul 2012
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