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After the county adopted a stringent, 10-rotor setback for properties not participating the project, the commission ruled on Oct. 21 that the project needed further review by an administrative law judge. That process is expected to take about six months, which throws a wrench into financial planning for National Wind, the project developer.
But after reviewing the proposal, the city Planning Commission last week made a formal recommendation back to the council: No turbines taller than 200 feet. The city allows, without special use permits, turbines up to 75 feet anywhere in the city, said city Zoning Administrator Bill Spaeth.
Mason County Zoning Administrator Mary Reilly denied 46 of Consumers' 60 proposed sites because they did not meet the requirements of the Mason County Airport Overlay Zone, which regulates the height of structures within a 10-mile radius of the airport.
"It's not just a little wind farm here and there," said Charles Parcells, a member of Residents Against Wind. "If you don't want it, if you're worried that being surrounded by windmills might lower the value of your house, and lower the quality or your lifestyle, and rural life, then send a message and vote 'no.'"
The company submitted 60 potential sites for 56 wind turbine generators in Mason County's Summit and Riverton townships as part of the Lake Winds Energy Park. ...The towers are to be 476 feet at the highest point, and the generators will be the Vestas V-100 1.8 megawatt units, Consumers Energy spokesman Jeff Holyfield said.
The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council has released its 2010 report on offshore wind farms and the report is very similar to the draft issued earlier in the year.
The Tribune reported a number of questions and concerns relating to county Proposals 1 & 2 in the Q&A article, "Wind district questions answered" in the Oct. 9 edition.
In the lawsuit, which was filed May 11 in Huron County Circuit Court against John Deere Renewables, Deere & Company (John Deere), Noble Environmental Power, LLC, Michigan Wind I, LLC (Noble Thumb Windpark I) and RMT, Inc., the plaintiffs are seeking in excess of $25,000 and an injunctive relief ordering the companies to cease and desist their activities.
Citing a need to see "the big picture" in terms of all the parcels wind developers have leased in the area, planning commissioners on Wednesday refrained from acting on a request for two new wind districts in Huron County.
[The report] skips over the setback requirements for the industrial turbines, an issue that has been a major point of contention. Those 450 foot industrial turbines have to be 1,400 feet from your house, but only 600 feet from your property line. That means this could lead to up to 800 feet of your property being unusable and unsafe for you, essentially being stolen.
Muskegon County officials are preparing to seek proposals from wind-energy developers interested in erecting large, commercial wind turbines on the county's 11,000-acre wastewater site.
Unlike the loud and contentious public argument over a proposal for wind turbines in Lake Michigan, hardly an objection has been raised to Consumers Energy's development of its $250 million Lake Winds Energy Park in southern Mason County.
About 20 Saginaw County farmers and farmland owners learned the ins and outs of wind farm leasing Wednesday at the Saginaw County Michigan State University Extension. ...Stein urges landowners to get help, consult attorneys and limit how much they give away in agreements.
As offshore wind energy developers in the Great Lakes region thrash out the logistics presented by the Jones Maritime Act and the Lakes' lock system, resistance from the local elite threatens to sway policy and undermine offshore wind energy altogether.
The elected officials representing the northern portion of a proposed large-scale offshore wind development continue to say "no" to the plan. ...Many public forums were held since December in Oceana, Muskegon, Mason and Ottawa counties, and many people made passionate pleas, some for and more against, concerning the proposal.
Oceana County commissioners Thursday afternoon rejected the request by a private offshore wind turbine developer to move forward with extensive studies for a proposed installation off the Lake Michigan shoreline of Pentwater. On a 4-2 vote, the commissioners ended months of debate in Oceana County, including strong opposition from the Pentwater area.
Huron County Clerk Peggy Koehler announced two petitions were submitted Friday morning to have the two new zoning districts county officials approved last month put on the November ballot for a vote of the people.
"The Oceana County Planning Commission does not endorse Scandia offshore studies or the proposed wind development off the northern Oceana County Lake Michigan coast," according to a resolution presented by Planning Commissioner Larry Byl, who is also on the county board. An offshore wind farm would be detrimental to recreational use of the lake, planners argued.
In a hot, overflowing middle school auditorium Wednesday, the Lake Michigan offshore wind debate turned ugly. Many of the more than 600 people who packed an Oceana County public information meeting on the Scandia Wind Offshore proposal for a wind farm 4 miles off Pentwater's shoreline shouted one of their own off the stage.
Following a public meeting Wednesday night in Hart, Oceana County's Planning Commission adopted a resolution to not endorse Scandia Offshore Wind's proposal for offshore wind turbines and studies by a vote of 7-2.