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A recent study of 183 DTE Energy wind turbines found that bird and bat deaths per megawatt is just above average compared to other wind parks in the Midwest.
After hitting the 10% level required by law, Michigan's two major utilities appear to be throttling back on adding new renewable energy sources now that they can set their own pace for becoming greener. That means ratepayers for DTE Energy and Consumers Energy will likely see stable monthly bills in the near future.
Recent proposed amendments to the township’s 2013 wind ordinance would limit sound to 40 decibels (dBA) during the day, and 35 dBA at night for landowners who have wind turbines. For residents without turbines, the limit would be 35 dBA during the day, and 30 dBA at night.
The Sand Beach Township Planning Commission recently introduced amendments to its 2013 wind ordinance, which would limit sound to 40 decibels (dBA) during the day, and 35 dBA and night for landowners who have wind turbines.
About 12 people picketed outside with signs reading “2 Tall, 2 Many, 2 Close,” among others. Sally Kain of Meade Township was one of them ...“Huron County already has too many (turbines) and it’s time to stop,” she said. “We are already thoroughly saturated and we’ve met our quota.”
While currently governed by county zoning, Lincoln Township on Aug. 8 took action that would lead to formation of its own planning commission and master plan. One resolution passed imposes “a moratorium on the issuance of permits, licenses or approvals for … construction of wind energy systems.”
An issue that has been dividing both residents and public officials in Huron County will go before the Huron County Board of Commissioners for a vote Tuesday morning. Three consecutive public hearings will be held at the Huron Expo Center pertaining to a wind overlay district request by DTE Energy in Lincoln, Dwight, Sigel and Bloomfield townships, starting at 9:20 a.m.
The prospect of wind farms drew a curious crowd to a Wednesday night, Aug. 17, Galien Township Board meeting, though developers didn’t show up as many in the audience expected. News of the wind turbine farm proposal broke last month when Apex Clean Energy Co. officials held a meeting with area proparty owners.
Officials at Jackson-based Consumers Energy said it was too early to call anything definite, but noted several factors have put the company in position of ramping up activity related to development of Cross Winds II, originally slated for the 2021-22 time frame.
Reasonable people can disagree on policy options, but reasonable people should also recognize that that shutting down 90 percent of the energy we use to drive our cars, heat our homes, cook our food, power our hospitals and factories, and much, much more is unreasonable.
After questions from Weesaw Township Trustee Gary Sommers about what they were going to do about the existing township ordinance, company representatives said they weren’t trying "to go around the township" but acknowledged they were going to first gather support from landowners.
Subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. have filed 112 new petitions against Tuscola County and several townships, once again contesting millions in taxes paid and forcing local jurisdictions to sit on revenue from wind turbines.
Voters in Bridgehampton and Marion townships will decide if recent zoning amendments related to proposed wind farm developments should be approved or rescinded. Citizens in both townships placed the zoning changes on the Aug. 2 primary ballot through referendum petitions.
The Almer Township Planning Commission held a public hearing Wednesday on proposed changes to its wind ordinance, but the board voted to table the matter after a motion called “disturbing” was put forth.
Members of the Ellington Township Board of Trustees took no action Tuesday night when several residents, along with a lawyer, urged them to toughen a township zoning ordinance regarding wind turbines – or face a lawsuit.
The group asserts Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood inappropriately made a motion to amend Ellington Township’s existing wind ordinance in January 2015. County records show that Lockwood’s company, Ellington Land Properties L.L.C., signed lease agreements with a wind developer in mid to late 2014.
The Huron County Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the district by a 7-2 vote in a packed Huron County District Courtroom. But voters could have the final say.
“They, on a federal level, they make these decisions to support fracking or to support wind, and we, at the local level pay the price. We can’t collect the taxes. We fight amongst each other — the people of the county fight amongst each other — but they succeed in their political goals. It’s a shame.”
If you’re doing anything other than attending public meetings held every so often by the Ellington Township board of trustees or planning commission, you are missing out on a fascinating display of human dynamics.
In a May 21 letter to the News-Press, NextEra manager Jeremy Ferrell encouraged residents to get the facts about wind energy rather than hearken to “myths and fears.” So, I have some facts to share.