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Bluewater will not propose specific projects in Michigan until regulatory rules have been established, O'Brien said. But the company has plans for the state. "We are having meetings in this area because of all that has been in the public spotlight," O'Brien told a group interested in offshore wind development at the MAREC event. "We are not proposing any specific project, but when we do, 'stakeholder outreach' is the most important and critical factor."
He said many municipalities in various states have been blindsided by such efforts, and he does not want that to happen here. "We want to make sure that the township officials and county officials know of all the options available for them under the law," he said. "We want them to be prepared so they can deal equitably with the situation."
To learn whether it can harness the wind in its own backyard, the Holland Board of Public Works is willing to pay $500,000. An agreement approved Wednesday by the board and by the Holland City Council sets in motion potential BPW wind turbines in Ganges, Saugatuck and other Allegan County townships.
Machek said she's concerned about the seeming urgency the council is placing on its charge from Gov. Jennifer Granholm to recommend legislation and guidelines for auctioning precious lakebeds and regulating the operations of wind turbines off Great Lakes shorelines "They say they're in a race to do this. It makes me wonder, do they really have the best interests of Michigan residents in mind?"
A permitted-use project cannot be denied, according to state statute. Michael Homier, from the law firm of Foster Swift, told the special meeting of the Riga Township Planning Commission that it has to operate from that premise in drawing up zoning rules for wind turbines.
A Sigel Township resident is seeking to get a proposal on the November ballot asking voters whether two new wind districts should be created in Huron County.
In regard to Tuesday's claims McCallum and Kelterborn have a conflict of interest, both Vaughan and Commissioner Kurt Damrow stated the two had a conflict of interest after they publicly stated, at numerous meetings, that turbines will decrease property values.
The Grand Haven Township Board affirmed last week's Planning Commission recommendation that the township's current wind turbine ordinance not be amended. ..."If we do nothing, then large W.E.T.s (wind energy turbines) won't be in the township, but medium and small W.E.T.s can still be in the township."
Somebody tampered with a billboard supporting wind energy development by gluing an opposition sign across the front. Jeff Hodges, board member of P.O.W.E.R. - Protect Our Water, Environment and Resources, says his group against offshore wind turbines was not involved.
Those easements will be needed for placement of the wind turbines, electric substations and electrical lines. ...the project’s proximity to the electricity grid transmission system used by the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant is a key reason the company is working to build the wind farm here.
Towering, industrial-strength turbines are unlikely to blow in the township's breeze anytime soon. The township's Ordinance Review Committee on Tuesday recommended that the Township Board not change its current wind turbine ordinance at this time.
Though the topic was wind, there wasn't much of a breeze to be had during Tuesday's public hearing Huron County commissioners held to receive input on the creation of two new wind districts that could add about 50 new turbines in the area.
The digest version of Scandia Wind LLC’s latest proposal was presented to the Oceana County Board of Commissioners June 24.
The coalition, a nonprofit organization of concerned citizens who want to protect the lakes, say they are opposed to any irresponsible offshore development that could harm the area. Coalition members say they are trying to work with local communities to make sure the right decisions are made about clean energy and the lake.
The Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R. Coalition is inviting Tri-Cities residents to discuss concerns about a wind power development proposed for Lake Michigan during a town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at new Ferrysburg City Hall, 17290 Roosevelt Road.
Citing the fact that the county now has a complaint resolution process in place for complaints relating to area wind energy developments, Huron County commissioners on Tuesday voted to dissolve the ad-hoc Wind Turbine Ordinance Subcommittee established in 2009 after some residents had filed noise complaints.
The Kochville Township Board has extended the moratorium on wind energy devices to Dec. 28 to allow more time to work on the proposed ordinance. Supervisor James S. Loiacano said recent litigation over existing wind turbines and pending legislation in Congress has raised more questions.
There has been a great deal of media coverage surrounding proposals to construct hundreds of wind turbines several miles off the coast of Mason, Oceana, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties. The Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R. Coalition believes that a number of important facts have been lost in the public discussion - facts that are important to consider before handing over our most precious resource - our lakeshore - to an offshore wind developer.
Tri-Cities residents were treated to a slick presentation by Scandia Wind LLC wind farm developers at the Grand Haven High School Performing Arts Center Tuesday night. Developers implored area residents to make decisions based on "facts, not fear." Trouble is, Scandia's presentation was infested with non-facts.
Scandia Wind Offshore has pulled back from asking for county board votes on its plans to build wind farms off the West Michigan coast of Lake Michigan.