Wind turbine use to grow in Michigan

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 08:05 AM
posted by rene5432

As greater caps are placed on smokestack emissions and clean energy continues to be a viable alternative option, Eaton County, Michigan, could soon turn to new wind energy installations to power nearby farming operations, the Lansing State Journal reports.

In Oneida Township, the city's planning commission will soon mull over a proposed 63-turbine wind farm plan. The major topic of discussion will be the changes to the county's current zoning ordinances to allow for the structures. The applications were filed by Horizon Wind Energy, a company owned by EDP Renewables.

The review has been slated because the turbines are not currently governed by the ordinance, according to Oneida Township zoning administrator and township clerk Dave Carpenter.

"They are not illegal now. Currently there is no way to regulate them," he said. "The choice is to regulate or do nothing, and that’s not a good idea."

According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state currently ranks 14th among all states in onshore wind generation potential, while offshore and nearshore wind power generation in and near the Great Lakes could be up to 20 times the potential of onshore wind power. 

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