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County OKs temporary halt to wind turbines

New wind projects will not be allowed in a majority of Huron County for up to six months, according to a moratorium county commissioners approved Thursday. The moratorium applies to 16 county-zoned townships, where about 40 percent of the population lives. Huron is the state leader in wind energy with 328 turbines turning.
3 Apr 2015

Final wind moratorium vote expected Thursday

A hearing next week could be the final chance for residents to help decide whether to impose a moratorium that would put a stop to wind energy development for up to six months in 16 county-zoned townships. The public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in the circuit court room in the Huron County Building (Room 207).
28 Mar 2015

DTE surveying hundreds for wind energy opinions

It’s a time when county leaders expect to decide in the coming week, after a months-long effort, whether to impose a moratorium putting a stop to wind development for up to six months. In Meade Township, DTE’s plan for close to 50 turbines faces a referendum vote in May. 
27 Mar 2015

How wind energy creates more dependence on fossil fuels

Truth has a habit of emerging from unexpected places. An article in the Daily Kos about the desire to end dependence on fossil fuels for energy needs reveals a “nasty little secret” about wind energy: It relies on fossil fuels. That’s a message wind energy opponents in Michigan have been trying to get across to the news media and the public over the past few years.
2 Mar 2015

Blowback: Wind farms run afoul of neighbors, regulators

Residents who formed the neighborhood group Garden Peninsula Foundation filed a federal lawsuit against Traverse City-based Heritage Sustainable Energy and the Fish and Wildlife Service last month, alleging Heritage's Garden Wind Farm in the peninsula's farmlands will kill protected and endangered species such as the Kirtland's warbler, piping plover and the northern long-eared bat. The turbines have also hurt the quality of life in the community, said Michelle Halley, an attorney representing wind farm neighbors.
24 Feb 2015

County planners will deal with wind issues

County planners are moving to the Huron County District Courtroom for their monthly meeting this week, giving room for both a full agenda and more seating. On tap are plans for a 75-turbine wind park, a developer’s response to four complaints of shadow flicker and noise from turbines, and a report from an acoustics firm hired to draft regulation on turbine noise for the county.
3 Feb 2015

Huron recognized at wind forum

“We have to be concerned about the ones [projects] that are coming and make sure neighbors’ rights are enforced and respected, and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing. It’s not an effort to say ‘no more wind turbines,’ but when they are constructed, shadow flicker, noise issues and these types of things are considered by developers,” he said.
22 Jan 2015

County plans to take up wind energy debate Tuesday

A special meeting next week will provide an opportunity for “robust discussion” on a potential countywide moratorium on wind energy development. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday before the Huron County Board of Commissioners’ meeting of the whole at the county building in room 305. It is unclear if commissioners will discuss the documents publicly or in closed session.
16 Jan 2015

Meade Township likely to vote on wind

Resident Dale Ricker pointed out that it’s not the responsibility of the petition’s circulators to write legal ballot language. “You’re very right,” Creguer responded. ...Creguer said the township’s goal will be to create wording that captures the spirit of the petition without confusing or misleading voters.
15 Jan 2015
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