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Utility Appeals Wind Turbine Noise Court Ruling

Ruling could impact wind plants across Michigan

… determination that the Lake Winds Energy Plant near Ludington … impact on many other wind turbine plants across … the landowners at the wind park. Rick James, … impact of the Lake Winds case. Consumers … more

Utility Asks Court To Slap Down Excessive Wind Turbine Noise Finding

County believes wind plant is too noisy

… County found that Lake Winds Energy Plant was too … finding that the Lake Winds industrial wind plant, a 56-turbine … reasons the Mason County wind turbine noise dispute … more

Resident Harmed by Windmills Now on County Planning Commission Which Approved Windmills

Plaintiff in wind turbine noise case appointed in Mason County

… inadequate at Lake Winds wind plant near Ludington, … the construction of wind turbines in the region. … problems associated with wind power. Lake Winds … more

Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems

Residents near Consumers Energy wind farm complain of health issues

… plan to rid its Lake Winds Energy Plant of excessive … finding that the Lake Winds industrial plant is … the construction of wind turbines in the region. "There … plant." Lake Winds is a 56-turbine facility … more

Court Backs Finding Of Wind Turbine Noise Problem

Lake Winds energy plant in Mason County now has to mitigate noise of its windmills

… in determining that wind turbines at the Lake Winds Industrial Wind Plant near Ludington … county's finding that the wind plant was exceeding … more

Energy Company At Odds With County Over Safety of Wind Turbines

'The only way you can build wind power in Michigan is to inflict harmful noise levels on people'

… odds over whether a wind plant located south … living close to the wind plant continue to be … life. Allegations that Lake Winds Energy Plant has significant … determined that the wind plant is not in compliance … more

Commentary: Natural Gas Plants Better Than Wind Turbines

Natural gas is cheaper with few emissions — why is the state pushing wind?

… and renewable energy (wind) is the cure. To … Michigan on industrial wind turbines, including … 900 megawatts (MW) of wind turbines will combine to create a wind plant that will have … more

'Best Article on Wind Farms You Will Ever Read'

… results of European wind energy, should this … think of deploying our wind turbines to make good … not. We all know that windmills are a self-indulgent … more

Ohio Starts Holding Wind Industry Accountable

In-state renewable energy mandate eliminated in the Buckeye State; still exists in Michigan

… ends Ohio s in-state wind energy mandate and also … signed a measure to keep wind turbines farther away … Bill 310 on June 13. Wind plants in Ohio, unlike … compete with cheaper wind generated electricity … more

Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

Wind project still cited years after it failed to materialize

… Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in … equipment needed to create wind turbine components in … facility produced one wind turbine that triggered … that hasn't stopped wind power advocates around … more

Community Group Fighting Third Attempt To Bring Wind Farm To Town

… overturned regulations for wind turbines in referendums … on plans to locate wind turbines there. Now, … Energy wants to locate wind turbines in the township … said: 'We don't want wind turbines here.' But … more

Effort In Lansing To Override Voters' Rebuke of Higher-Cost Energy Mandate

Demonstrators to picket upcoming wind forum

… "poor" or "marginal" for wind energy . But that's … during the American Wind Energy Association Wind Forum. At issue … ongoing effort by the wind energy industry to increase … more

Michigan Wind Energy Report Generating Some Sparks

… being described by the wind energy industry, which … coincides with the American Wind Energy Association's Wind Forum at East Lansing. The … generating some sparks. Wind energy advocates claim … more

Expert: Consumers Energy Trying To ‘Muddle’ Wind Turbine Noise Solution

… a Northern Michigan wind plant won't work, a … levels at its Lake Winds Energy Plant, located … million, 56-turbine wind plant is in violation … sound levels from the wind turbines. There was … more

Gov't Report: Wind Energy Needs Taxpayer Support To Survive

A 2011 Wind Technologies Report … highlights how dependent wind energy is upon government … federal incentives for wind energy and the ability … incentives." The 2010 wind report by the DOE also … more

Wind Subsidies Upon Mandates Upon Subsidies

Ad Infinitum, Ad Absurdum

… renewable sources read wind turbines will come … before another taxpayer wind subsidy is set to expire. It s … credit that gives windmill operators a $22 … hours of low demand wind producers actually pay … more

Federal Judge: Michigan Renewable Energy Mandate Unconstitutional

Court cases may deflate wind energy in Michigan

… energy sources with wind energy the predominate … not well-suited for wind energy production . If … would virtually kill wind energy in Michigan. … would force Michigan's wind energy industry to compete … more

Lawsuit Alleges Wind Power A Threat To Health And Safety

'We've moved our beds to the basement ... so I can try to sleep'

… new Consumers Energy wind farm has been making … the $250 million Lake Winds Energy Park wind farm, south of Ludington … to be exposed to the wind farm's operation. Monetary … more

Wasting Money on Windmills

… how Texas has more wind generator capacity than … megawatts, all those windmills contributed just … they re usually not very windy. What s more, the … those distant rural wind turbines to where most … more
MCC2010-01

Eroding rights?

Will GOP Control Change the Wind on Wind Energy?

… company is URV USA, a wind turbine castings foundry … out that generating wind energy is too expensive … Information Administration, wind generation costs $141.50 … hour, and offshore wind is $229.60 per megawatt hour. … more

Group Rallies Against Push For Unproven Alternative Energy

Wind energy is 'a scam of Olympic proportions'

… information showing that most wind energy is a farce. Spearheading … Citizens Coalition. "Wind energy is a scam of … capacity value because the wind stops blowing whenever … one-to-three ratio of wind-to-fossil forever. It … more

Prop 3: A Push Backward

… the ballot, include wind power, solar power, … ravaged into fuel. Wind power founders because … the time those giant windmills stand as still … unreliable. The wind lobby boasts about the … more

Wind Turbine Answers Elusive

Experts disagree on how many turbines will blanket the landscape if 25 by 25 amendment passes

… renewable sources such as wind by 2025, would require … state's energy from wind. Most experts think … would have to come from wind. However, advocates … Michigan currently has 292 wind turbines in operation … more

Commentary: Court Decision Could Unplug Green Energy Mandate in Michigan

… is a high-priced wind energy producer. Wind energy in Midwest Independent … Michigan's cheapest wind energy contracts are … artificially constructed wind industry. These … more

Ohio One Step Closer To Ending In-State Renewable Energy Mandate

Bill headed to Ohio Gov. Kasich for his expected signature; Michigan mandate still in effect

… electricity produced by wind turbines. Ending Ohio's … to shop for cheaper wind-produced energy from … states that produce more wind, such as Minnesota and … in turn, would force wind energy producers in … more

Most of Michigan is 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wind Energy

U.S. Department of Energy stats say state not well suited to meet proposed 25 percent renewable energy mandate

The newest wind turbines are nearly … or marginal for wind as a resource at 50 … says Michigan s best wind opportunities at 50 … Laboratory says annual wind speeds of about 6.5 … more

In-State Renewable Energy Mandate Could Be Eliminated In Ohio

Michigan legislators have not acted to end mandate

… negative impact on Ohio's wind industry. The legislation … fighting against a wind development in Champaign … to suitability for wind-produced electricity, … has roughly the same wind status as that of Michigan. … more

Green Energy Mandate Supporter Claims Individuals 'Do Not Have Rights to Quiet'

25/25 ballot proposal would require a lot more windmills, noise

… Act request pertaining to wind turbine noise level … sources primarily wind by 2025. It would … require utilities to push wind farms into an increasing … persons are annoyed by wind farms. Probably a significant … more

Analysis: Great Lakes Wind Development Too Risky

… development of off-shore wind energy. On-shore wind energy is expensive and off-shore wind energy even more so. … the economic cost of wind energy. The study predicts … more

Renewable Energy Mandate Takes A Hit In Michigan

Influential judge says Michigan law is unconstitutional

… almost a euphemism for wind power. At the heart … a particularly good wind state. That means that in Michigan wind is not as efficient … for ratepayers. So, wind energy produced in Michigan … more

More Windmill-Related Environmental Concerns

'We're picking up 10 (dead) bats for every bird'

… suggest that large wind turbines may be more … ground around large wind turbines. Baerwald … study findings. Wind turbines have long been … more
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Wind Noise Dispute Pits Scientists Against State Officials

… level guidelines for wind turbines in Michigan … decibel level limit for wind turbines. This means wind turbines can operate … to 40 dBA. The Wind and Health Technical … more

Wind Association Executive To State Bureaucrats: 'Delete These Types of Emails'

State derails scientific panel recommendations regarding windmill noise levels

… noise level limit for wind turbines be lowered. Written … Act pertaining to the wind turbine noise level … to promote solar and wind energy. He was program … disbanded the Technical Wind Group before it wrote … more

'Michigan Wind Is Less Costly Than Coal' Claim Blown Away by Federal Stats

… less expensive than wind in its latest study … hour. By comparison, wind comes in at $97 per … percent of capacity while wind operates at 34 percent of capacity. Wind energy requires a backup … more
Rep. Timothy Bledsoe

Windmills Power Controversy on Great Lakes

… soon? Answer: Wind turbines an alternative … latest target for 160 wind turbines, according … discuss the impact the wind turbines will have on … shallow to get reliable wind during the summer months. … more

Town Votes Down Windmill Plan, Board Moving Ahead Anyways

Resident: 'They talk about the environment, but it really all comes down to money'

… ordinance that would allow wind turbines to operate … zoning that allows wind turbines. There is no … is an advocate for wind power. "I'm in … leases for putting wind turbines on their land. … more

Disdain for Politics Gov. Snyder's Undoing?

An analysis of the gubernatorial race

… considerations to the wind, the governor pursued … more

Without Fracking, Oil Prices Would be at Record Highs

… Plants Better Than Wind Turbines Another … more
MCC2014-02

MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Summer 2014 Edition

… That Fail, Close Wind Power 'Success Story' … more

Prop 3 Would Cost Taxpayers Billions

… those giant industrial wind turbine towers, located … real world under these wind power mandate regimes? The … more

Huffington Post Gets Charter School Study Wrong

… this "caution" to the wind and follow Michigan's … more

EPA Turns Out The Christmas Lights

… digits. No, Virginia, wind power will not replace … more

Pipeline Protest Belies National Security 'Concerns'

… going to be powered by wind sails or solar panels … more
MCC2010-03

Windmills Power Controversy on Great Lakes

… soon? Answer: Wind turbines an alternative … latest target for 160 wind turbines, according … shallow to get reliable wind during the summer months. … highly skeptical of the wind potential." Bledsoe … more
Cumulative World Carbon Dioxide Emissions

The EPA’s War on Energy

… grid in the country. Wind and solar energy are … reliable enough (the wind does not always blow … more

Politics Alive and Well in Public Schools

Brandon board won't sell vacant building to charter group

… for its coffers would wind up going to this new … more

Trust Not in Obamacare Medicaid Promises

Check to states may not be in the mail

… when the political winds shift in ways that … more

Prop 3 Can't Change the Laws of Economics

No matter how badly supporters want to think it can

… electricity they sell from wind, solar, biomass and … more

Same Old Story on Energy Policy

Politicians show continued folly of central planning

… taxpayer dollars on wind, solar and biodiesel, … more

Confectionery Job Growth Trumps Green Energy Job Growth in Michigan

A miniature wind turbine is featured … past few years than wind and solar combined. Wind energy accounted for … jobs generated by the wind and solar industry in … more

Michigan Students Need Private School Choice

Families want more options

… until the political winds change. Hopefully, … more

Proposal 2 Is Not Simply About Collective Bargaining

… with state law could wind up in the courts to … more

UAW Video Shows Political Influence

… generally they don t wind up doing jail time and … more

Governments Already Impose Hunger Games

… state and from nation winding up as an allegorical, … more

It's Not Easy Subsidizing Green

… select clean energy (wind, hydro and solar but … more

Green Energy Mandates and Cap on Competition Blamed for Michigan's High Energy Costs

… furnaces, insulation, windows, and so on.) Is … he pointed out two wind-farms and an upgrade … portfolio, much of it being wind, to help supply energy … realistic to expect wind to play a significant … more

Government Subsidies Run Amok

The private sector almost always outperforms bureaucrats investing with the public's money

… American producer of wind turbines, and Immelt … more

DIA Gins Up PR Battle Against Kevyn Orr

… jeopardy if the city winds up in bankruptcy. In … and operated by the Windy City's Park District, … more

No Place for Alarmism on Earth Day

… for solar and wind energy, electric … more

Michigan Gets Flying Monkeys for $40 Million

… Witch, and one will wind up the worse for wear … more

Why True Conservationists Should Cheer “Fracking”

… coal with clean wind or solar is not feasible at … more

'Mackinac Center Is Partisan' Charges More Revealing of Accusers Than Center

… which way the political winds blow. Recently, … more

Michigan’s Renewable Energy Mandate Causing Harm, Probably Unconstitutional

The state cannot feasibly have a 30 percent mandate

Michigan wind energy promoters have … close? Regarding wind turbines, the report … operating Michigan wind plant currently has … typically found in Michigan wind plants. This large … more

November 22, 2013, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

… off-shore Great Lakes windmills Introduced … electricity-generating wind turbines from being … more
Windmill

Stimulus Giveaways and Higher Electric Bills Pay for ‘Green Energy’ in Michigan

… announced that its newest wind farm had cleared its … the $232 million Lake Winds Energy Park project … period. Critics of wind energy projects say … $72 million that Lake Winds will receive are necessary … more

Former Governor Predicted 17,000 Jobs From 'Green Energy' Mandate, Number of Jobs Has Actually Dropped

Gov. Granholm signed 10 percent mandate in 2008, ballot initiative would increase it to 25 percent

… includes the jobs for wind and solar power construction. … person who is hired by a wind farm company and worked … report from the American Wind Energy Association estimated the entire wind energy sector directly … more

Opposing Groups Rally At State's 'Good Energy Decisions' Panel

… both for and against wind energy. The college s … renewable resources such as wind and solar by 2015. The … plummeted as a result of wind turbines placed near … conducted to ensure the wind turbines were compliant. Speakers … more

Incumbent’s Record Targeted and Defended in Michigan's 46th

Rep. Bradford Jacobsen and John Reilly discuss their differences on energy mandates, select subsidies

… energy be produced by wind turbines by 2015. From … renewable energy (a.k.a. wind power) mandate? Jacobsen: I … more

Weekly Roundup - August 28

… than half of Britain's wind farms were build where … there is not enough wind. Thomas Sowell … more

Renewable Energy Standard Driving Prices Higher in States, Europe

'Green energy' groups push for 25 percent mandate in Michigan

… sources (particularly wind and solar) increased, … invested too much in wind power. However, it's … been purchasing any wind power if it hadn't been … made investments in wind power, Nelson said. … more

Windmill Spin: 'No' Means Maybe

… utility will not put wind turbines where they … would have allowed wind turbines to operate … it won't build where windmills are not wanted, have put the wind turbines in if the plan … more

'Green' Energy Advocates Targeting Michigan Again

Despite 'green' failures, group wants state to produce 25% of its energy by 2025

… renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass by … energy sources such as wind and solar, is whether … called Citizens For Wind Energy could provide … pair of Huron County wind energy ordinances passed … more

Analysis: Renewable Electricity 'Net Metering' Capacity: 1/28,000 of Michigan’s Total Needs

… make electricity with wind turbines and solar collectors. "Net … the sun shines, the wind blows, etc. - is just … kilowatts. Therefore, if the wind blew steadily and the … more
Hydraulic fracturing

Analysis: Hydraulic Fracturing the Key to Michigan’s Energy Future

… drilling techniques. Wind and other alternative … increased development of wind power. Due to wind power's unreliability, … in conjunction with wind because they can more … more

Natural Resources the Key to Energy Security

… of solar panels and wind turbines requires the … stop production of wind turbines for 10 weeks … ~~~~~ See also: Windmills Power Controversy … more
Capitol Confidential Vol. 2, No. 1

The Green Energy Bubble

… alternative energy such as wind-powered utilities and … jobs such as building wind mills and solar panels. Claims … shelved. Solar and wind are now the darlings … Producing solar panels and wind turbines are supposed … more

While Increased Regulations Shut Down Coal Plants, Energy Costs Skyrocket

… predict large offshore wind turbines could be built … But offshore wind costs $243 per megawatt … production because wind and solar are not dependable … more

Weekly Roundup - Jan. 22

… placing big bets on wind farms and solar panels. … more

"Green Energy" Subsidy Factory — not just Cap Trade — the Real Test for GOP Energy Chair

… dollars down ethanol, wind and battery projects … their corn farmers and wind-turbine producers … more

Federal 'Stimulus' Spent $34.5 Million In Michigan For Only 183 Total Jobs

14 companies spent over $188K per job

… majority are in the wind turbine business. Employment, … jobs. Ventower, which makes wind turbine towers, currently … 49. Another company, Astraeus Wind Energy Inc. of Eaton … places to store it. Wind and solar power account … more
MCC2009-4

I'm Just a Bill

… for school solar and wind systems Introduced … to install solar and wind energy systems. HOUSE … more
MCC2012-03

MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Fall 2012 Edition

… 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wind Energy Media Promotes … more

Study: Proposal 3 Would Result in Lost Jobs, Higher Costs

… intermittent source of wind in the state, the study … more

Personal Property Tax Phase-Out Matters For Michigan

Replacement revenue to come from expired tax credits

… legislature found a way to wind down a tax that is, … more

Sierra Club’s War on Coal Blamed for 53k Lost Jobs in Michigan

… Plants 'Michigan Wind Is Less Costly Than … more

State Taxpayers May Eat $1.6 Million Loan for Defunct Green Bus Company

… with state tax money wind up being big losers. … more

Analysis: State's Decision to Deny Wolverine Power Plant Smacks of a Double Standard

… generation including wind power. Of course that … more
Residential Home

Challenging Property Taxes Could Bring Big Savings

… the workshops will wind up in March because … more

The 89,000 Clean Energy Jobs Myth

Former Gov. Granholm, others keep repeating the false statistic

… have little to do with windmills or electric cars. … Rapids and the American Wind Energy Association were … Rapids Castings or the wind turbine project in Saginaw … more

Energy Debates Heat Up As High Electric Rates Continue

… ballot moves forward, wind and solar power will … renewable sources such as wind or solar power by 2025. Another … more

Sen. Debbie Stabenow Named 'Porker of the Month'

… energy-efficient appliances, and wind power, among others, … more

State Spending From State Sources Going Up Next Year

… accounting for the winding down of federal stimulus … more

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