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Windmill Spin: 'No' means maybe

Conlen said that if the effort to circumvent the election result in Lake Township through annexation had succeeded, DTE would have had to evaluate the situation. The utility would not have automatically located wind turbines on the newly annexed property. "Look, we don't want unhappy neighbors." Conlen said.
30 Jun 2012

Planners hear plenty of comments, OK wind district

A number of wind energy opponents earlier this week enlisted the Huron County Planning Commission meeting to vote against a proposed wind overlay district in Section 13 of McKinley Township. The requested district is part of a new project DTE Energy is developing in Chandler, Oliver and McKinley townships.
8 Jun 2012

Company bids to place 63 wind turbines in Eaton County

Based on applications filed with the Federal Aviation Authority, each wind turbine is expected to be nearly 500 feet tall from the ground to the tip of the blades, and would be located within a 42 square mile area north of Needmore Highway, south of Eaton Highway, west of Kenyon Road., and east of Gates Road.
21 May 2012

County wants guarantees before it OKs wind deal

Exelon officials told county planners the company will follow the same format set by DTE Energy, which included a third-party surety bond as well as a corporate guarantee. Exelon officials said the financial assurance it originally offered is the same the company used in other projects. It's not acceptable to the county and the company understands that.
7 Apr 2012

Wind farms create controversy in area

The protesors were affiliated with a group called the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition, Inc., which attempts to focus opposition to projects such as wind turbines. The organization was founded by Kevon Martis ...Martis says that "watching wind turbine developers change zoning regulations [for wind turbines] got his attention."
5 Apr 2012

DTE reconsiders Lake Twp.

Chriss said DTE Energy is disappointed the vote wasn't in favor of the new wind ordinance. ...He did not know when DTE Energy will make a decision as it re-evaluates its plans in Lake Township. He noted the utility wasn't planning on any development this year.
3 Mar 2012

Merritt Township supervisor looks to heal community wounds following wind turbine decision

"This was the toughest decision they had to make, and hopefully there won't be anymore like this," Schabel said. "It's heavy pressure, does everyone agree with it, no, but they did the best they could." ..."They studied it thoroughy," said John McQuillan, Merritt Township attorney. "That's why the Planning Commission is appointed to make this decision."
23 Feb 2012

Residents settle Ubly lawsuit with wind companies

The thrust of the lawsuit was that construction and operation of the wind farm caused the plaintiffs to suffer adverse health effects, emotional distress and economic damages, according to court documents from the Huron County Clerk's office. It consisted of four counts: Private nuisance, public nuisance, negligent design of a wind farm and negligent misrepresentation.
18 Feb 2012

Kent Power crews working on Bay City DEQ wind turbine

Crews from Kent Power began the disassembling process on the turbine Thursday and expected to complete the project before the end of the day. The DEQ contracted the company earlier this month and had scheduled the project for last week, but weather conditions forced crews push back the start date.
26 Jan 2012

Duke Wind Project Cancelled

Duke Energy says it will discontinue plans for a wind farm in Benzie and Manistee counties. In a released statement the company says it does not have a buyer for the electricity and questions whether there is enough demand for renewable energy in Michigan right now.
18 Jan 2012

Firm suspends turbine plan in Lenawee Co.

Consumers Energy has asked the Michigan Public Service Commission to approve an amendment to the utility's Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement with Blissfield Wind -- a partnership between Exelon Wind and Great Lakes Wind LLC -- that would allow the latter to build the turbines in either Ionia or Gratiot counties, which are northwest and north of Lansing, respectively.
14 Jan 2012

DTE, ITC discuss Sigel farm issues

"What I can tell you is that ITC's route, as proposed, is in the vicinity of a couple of our turbines in our Sigel Wind Park," according to Matt Wagner, Manager-Wind Development, for DTE Energy. "We had an initial discussion with ITC before the holidays, but no decisions were made."
14 Jan 2012
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