Articles from Michigan
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.
The prospects for a proposed solar project could be in doubt after the East Lansing City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to grant a 10-year tax exemption rather than the 25 years exemption sought by the company.
"The wind speeds here are not competitive with other places in the state, such as the thumb," said David Shiflett, Project Manager for Geronimo Energy. "It's going to be a challenging site for any developer."
The second topic related to wind was filling a vacant planning commission seat. Filling the chair could help break the planning commission’s current 2-2 deadlock over changes to the wind ordinance. However, the board of trustees did not confirm Supervisor Duane Lockwood’s nominee.
With Consumers’ new petitions, the assessed tax value of “most, if not all” wind turbines in Tuscola County are being contested by the wind energy companies, said Mike Hoagland, controller, Tuscola County. “We’re frustrated,” said Hoagland. “If we lose the dispute, we have to have the money set aside to pay it back.
BAD AXE — Bottom line: you cannot opt-out once the contract is signed.
A recent letter in support of the Garden Wind project perpetuates a number of common misconceptions about the economic and environmental benefits of wind development in Michigan. The most egregious is the suggestion that wind is the most economical source of power.
The blades had to be removed as a result of a gear box failure. ...A fire wasn’t involved with the failure and that the black marks seen in the photos are actually grease.
A Sanilac County judge will not force a township planning commission to hold a public hearing this summer on a wind company’s special land use application. Exelon had filed the complaint 10 days after the planning commission voted to table a public hearing on Exelon’s application for a special land use permit for its planned development, Michigan Wind 3.
SB 437 would maintain Michigan’s 10 percent cap on customers who can participate in electric choice, but place greater restrictions on alternative energy suppliers to provide capacity and on customers who participate.
Judge Teeple said he didn't feel that the plaintiff had been denied due process and denied the request from Excelon Wind. There was applause in the packed courtroom when the Teeple announced his decision during Monday's civil docket.
The group of residents from Almer and Ellington want their respective townships to dump Spicer Engineering – similar to the way Sanilac County’s Moore Township did recently. They claim the Saginaw-based firm is a little too cozy with wind developer NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C., which plans to build the $200 million Tuscola III wind project in Almer, Ellington and Fairgrove townships.
Last Thursday, Michigan Wind 3, owned by Exelon Generation, filed the civil complaint against the township supervisor, planning commission chairman and clerk, claiming the postponement is illegal. The company is asking for an immediate ruling by the circuit court judge, ordering the township to hold the June 14 hearing.
A company planning a 68-turbine wind farm in Sanilac County has taken a township to court, demanding its planning commission hold a June 14 public hearing on the company's special land use permit.
Bridgehampton Township has delayed a decision on a special land use permit for a large wind farm development. The township planning board canceled a June public hearing for Exelon special land use permit at its Tuesday meeting. It tabled the hearing until after a referendum vote in August.
The county is considering lawyering up in response to a list of more than 50 residents asking to be excluded from an area being primed for a batch of 50 to 70 wind turbines. County attorney Stephen Allen this week said county commissioners should hire outside legal counsel to determine whether allowing that many residents to opt out would create spot zoning.
The turbine exceeded designed rotation speeds — 14.4 rpm (revolutions per minute) -- and at that speed, blade tips are moving at about 200 mph, according to Exelon. It created an imbalance as blades picked up speed. At the time of collapse, rotation speeds reached 18 rpm, officials said. “At that high of an rpm, the thing just basically shook itself apart.”
After a hydraulic pump was shut off automatically due to high winds during a winter storm that day, an 'over speed event' occurred as the revolutions per minute of the blades far exceeded what the structure could handle.
On Wednesday, Exelon Wind Generation plans to explain what caused a wind turbine to fall in February ...Exelon officials are scheduled to present a “root cause analysis” Wednesday.
“We looked at the pros and the cons,” Haggerty said. “We’re trying to find a medium ground that everybody can live with and we felt we had found it with the current (setback) distances.” Haggerty and two other township trustees hold leases with Exelon.