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The turbine was built by Entegrity Wind Systems in September 2009. The company went bankrupt in October 2009. The DEQ had a 20-year maintenance agreement with Entegrity.
A group opposing the construction of wind turbines in Riverton and Summit townships will have its day in court following Mason County Circuit Court Judge Richard I. Cooper Thursday's ruling that Citizens Alliance for Responsible Renewable Energy (CARRE) does have standing to sue to stop Consumers Energy from constructing seven 300-foot-tall meteorological (met) towers in the area.
Heritage recently drew an imaginary line across the Garden Peninsula, about a mile south of the Collins farm. All land south of that line is now off-limits to turbines. The decision has affected some people who agreed to a lease.
The DEQ wants to dismantle the broken turbine and transport it to Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where the college's Wind Turbine Technician Academy plans to access the damage. The college's program, which started in 2009, has the same turbine on campus that they use for instruction.
Comstock says it's interesting that on the one hand, one federal agency is saying the wind farm shouldn't be built because of potential issues with bald eagles and other migratory birds, while on the other hand, a different federal agency is offering money to build this project and others.
A physician at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri believes infrasound can affect the inner ear. He acknowledges there's not enough documentation of the issue so far, but he wants further study. And he told an Ohio newspaper in October that if you live within a mile of a turbine, you're asking for trouble.
Carl Duda filed a notice of intent to file a petition to put the Deerfield Wind Energy Overlay District up for a vote of the people within the county's zoning jurisdiction. Duda then had 30 days to collect a minimum of 677 signatures and file the petition with the Huron County Clerk's Office. He had until the beginning of this week, but no petition was turned in.
The board approved allowing the utility to proceed with developing the two wind farms, so long as Huron County Corporation Counsel Steve Allen reviews the decommissioning bonds and determines they will satisfy the needs of Huron County.
Providing the $1 million decommissioning bonds that DTE Energy procured for its proposed McKinley and Sigel wind farms is approved by the county, the utility is set to proceed with obtaining building permits and beginning construction.
Meanwhile, wind energy has become a political football in Ontario. In February 2009, lawmakers passed the Green Energy Act that called for the province to increase its power generated from renewable sources from 8,300 megawatts to 10,000 megawatts by 2015. That legislation also sowed the seeds of opposition to wind power, said Beth Harrington of Wind Concerns Ontario.
"We have proven that by wide majorities, people in both Ogden and Riga Township have said ‘no' to leaders with conflict of interest and ‘no' to unsafe siting of industrial turbines," said Kevon Martis of Riga Township, a director of the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition.
The fate of a zoning ordinance regulating industrial wind turbines in Riga Township is in the hands of voters. Developing the ordinance divided the township and, at one point, resulted in an unsuccessful recall attempt against Supervisor Jeff Simon.
Michael Blaich, the FAA specialist who issued the notices of presumed hazard, said the finding results from the sites' proximity to the Toledo airport. Sites within a 13-mile radius of the airport are affected, Blaich said, and someone at the FAA missed the airport issue, which previously led him to mistakenly clear those 63 locations.
Almost a year after Duke Energy proposes a wind turbine project in parts of Benzie County, commissioners discuss whether or not to formally support that type of alternative energy.
Nearly 16 months after the Oceana County Board of Commissioners rejected further action on a proposal for an industrial-scale wind farm on the waters of Lake Michigan, the county's planning commission released a report Tuesday that says the plan was "not feasible."
The board approved the resolution, 4-3, with commissioners Richard Schmidt, Ervin Kowalski, Glenn Lottie and Carl Rutske voting yes and Jim Krolczyk, Duane Anderson and Ken Hilliard voting no. Kaminiski said the county board does not control zoning in Manistee County, and it is instead ruled by the individual township governments.
Plans for the turbines are to locate the project less than 13 nautical miles from the Toledo Express airport's radar, which causes safety problems. The turbines would cause electromagnetic interference on the airspace, and would be a hazard to air navigation.
The Huron County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the creation of the Deerfield Wind Energy Overlay District, which could host up to 100 wind turbines in the northeast portion of the county. During the board's Oct. 11 meeting, commissioners suspended discussion.
Seven years ago, Muskegon County officials tossed the concept of placing wind turbines on the county's massive wastewater into the wind. Two years ago, a prospective wind farm developer floated the idea of placing wind turbines in Lake Michigan off the West Michigan shoreline.
One of the many objections to the resolution was that people felt it should be an issue that was decided by the townships and not the county board. The resolution that was passed on Tuesday still does not take that power away from the townships who have the ultimate decision in the matter.