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Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Renewable Energy, a nonprofit organization, said today it is fighting to protect the health, safety and welfare of its members' and neighbors' homes in Mason County. The Mason County Planning Commission approved the special land use application earlier this month.
So far, wind opponents have not derailed any projects. But they have won two battles involving how far wind turbines -- which can rise almost 500 feet into the air -- should be located from homes. How much of an impact these grassroots efforts will ultimately have on the development of wind energy in Michigan remains to be seen.
Kelterborn took issue with a number of items in the ordinance, including the 1,500-foot turbine setbacks, noise limits and that it allows turbines to be sited within 3 miles of the shoreline. He noted U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials created recommendations that were specific to the area.
Members of the Muskegon County Board of Public Works, along with other county officials, are set to hear information from their consultant concerning plans from various developers. The consulting firm, Howard & Howard, also is expected to issue its recommendation of the top proposals.
Wind-power developers said amendments to an ordinance involving sound and setbacks between turbines and property lines are too restrictive for a single turbine to be placed in Riga - the first among four townships slated for wind energy development.
But opponents - many of them landowners in the two townships not compensated by the Consumers land leases - chastised planning commissioners for making a decision to satisfy the public utility. One critic said Lake Winds in the two southern townships will "drastically alter the future of Mason County."
Because of the strong setbacks, Exelon Wind and Great Lakes Wind, partners in the so-called Blissfield Wind Project, say they cannot put one turbine in Riga Township, despite having more than 4,500 acres of land available under signed agreements with landowners.
MSU’s researchers, rather than exploring the plausibility or health risks of a particular project, crafted their study to call on local and state policymakers to rethink wind turbine guidelines. The report outlined ways for policymakers to consider noise annoyance, abate conflicts that might arise from wind turbine proposals, physical safety and aesthetics.
The issue has been controversial to say the least. Many in the community and the neighboring townships of Ogden, Palmyra, and Fairfield have had concerns about the wind turbines and their anticipated noise. ...Many residents argue the project will hurt property values or maybe cause health issues.
"Local citizens and neighbors to the parcel upon which this 262-foot monstrosity sits, as well as other individuals who are potentially adversely affected by its existence, continue to suffer the ill effects thereof at the hands of an entity that has shown nothing but an ongoing and persistent willingness to ignore the rules ...all the while reaping the benefits of its unpermitted facility."
The IICC has exhaustively studied the issues surrounding industrial wind turbines, advocating for regulations that will protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Lenawee County. Wind developers have advocated for regulations that protect their profits and shareholders. Does the IICC tell a scary story? Yes it does, because sometimes the truth is scary.
Because wind energy advocates have done a terrific job selling industrial wind as an abundant source of "clean" energy, many environmentally sensitive people support it. But proponents have produced no factual data to substantiate their claim, because it doesn't exist.
The discussion of bringing wind turbines to Ogemaw County continued Tuesday with proponents of the construction of the turbines asking the county to lift its six-month moratorium, or shorten it to two months. No decisions were made to lift or shorten the moratorium.
An offshore wind farm located six miles off the shoreline in Lake Michigan would be visible from shore about 64 percent of the time, a report issued by a Grand Valley State University group has determined.
Valerie McCallum, of Lake Township, was concerned about how close some of the district boundaries are to the shoreline. She said the U.S. Fish and Wild Life has recommended a 3-mile turbine setback from the shoreline. McCallum recommend the district boundaries be changed to protect the shoreline.
During an interview last month, company officials told the Tribune once DTE Energy selects a turbine manufacturer, the company will begin the permitting process that will lead to construction next year, and the farms will be online either late next year or early 2013.
New turbine developments may get the wind knocked out of their sails, as Huron County commissioners on Tuesday discussed putting a halt to new wind developments until tax issues are resolved by lawmakers in Lansing.
The Madison Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to impose a six-month moratorium on the construction of any wind turbines in the township.
During public comment during Tuesday's meeting, Paris Township resident Bob McLean asked the board to institute a moratorium on new wind developments to amend the county's wind ordinance, particularly in regard to noise limits.
A Geronimo Wind Energy, LLC company official earlier this week outlined the boundaries of the Apple Blossom Wind Farm, a proposed $200 million investment that will host up to 75 turbines on the west side of the county.