Articles filed under General from Michigan

Wind-farm developer to plead case at state level

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.
11 Nov 2010

City tries to hammer out wind turbine rules

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.
11 Nov 2010

Consumers Energy rebuts wind farm map

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.
28 Oct 2010

The great wind debate

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.
26 Oct 2010

Dates set for wind lawsuit

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.
23 Oct 2010

A response to last week's report on wind turbine legislation

[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.
19 Sep 2010

Oceana County Board rejects Scandia Winds Offshore 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.
12 Aug 2010

Oceana County Planning Commission urges rejection of Scandia’s proposed offshore wind farm

"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.
6 Aug 2010

Wind farm rejected

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.
5 Aug 2010
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