turbines http://michiganradio.org en West Michigan residents voice opposition to offshore wind turbines http://michiganradio.org/post/west-michigan-residents-voice-opposition-offshore-wind-turbines <p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of outside interest in Michigan&rsquo;s coastal wind supply. There have been multiple proposals for land-based wind farms in Michigan. But only a couple of companies have set their sights offshore.</p><p>One company in particular has met some tough opposition.</p><p><a href="http://www.scandiawind.com/">Scandia Wind</a> came to Michigan last year looking to install 50 to 100 wind turbines in Lake Michigan. They had plans to site a wind farm six miles outside of Mason and Oceana counties.</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:23:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2970 at http://michiganradio.org West Michigan residents voice opposition to offshore wind turbines Sites chosen for new wind farms in Thumb area http://michiganradio.org/post/sites-chosen-new-wind-farms-thumb-area-1 <p>Michigan&rsquo;s thumb region will soon be dotted with new wind farms.&nbsp; DTE Energy says the project will cost about $225 million.</p><p>The 50 wind turbines to be built in Huron and Sanilac counties should generate enough energy to power about 100,000 homes.</p><p>DTE&#39;s Scott Simons says while two West Michigan lawmakers recently opposed building &nbsp;wind farms in the Great Lakes, the Thumb plan has Lansing&rsquo;s stamp of approval.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I would think the legislature is behind these kinds of projects, and we&#39;re going full steam ahead toward meeting the renewable energy goals that have been set by the Legislature,&quot; Simons says.</p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;DTE customers will pay for the wind farms with a small surcharge on their monthly bills. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:40:12 +0000 Rina Miller 2066 at http://michiganradio.org Sites chosen for new wind farms in Thumb area Potential large scale wind farms coming to West Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/potential-large-scale-wind-farms-coming-west-michigan <p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of talk in West Michigan lately about how wind power could boost the region&rsquo;s economy. The area, particularly along the Lake Michigan shore, could be home to several potential wind projects. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:59:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1594 at http://michiganradio.org Potential large scale wind farms coming to West Michigan Muskegon County seeking developers to build wind farm http://michiganradio.org/post/muskegon-county-seeking-developers-build-wind-farm <p>Right now, the county rotates growing corn, soybeans and alfalfa on a giant, 11,000 acre plot of land where their waste water treatment plant is. They hope to lease out the land in order to add wind farming to the mix.</p><p>Mark Eisenbarth directs <a href="http://www.muskegoncountywastewater.com/">Muskegon County’s Wastewater Management System</a>. He says they hope to build up to 75 commercial-sized wind turbines on the site. Eisenbarth says there are dozens of municipalities in Michigan with small turbines or even a handful of large ones. But he says this project will be unique.</p><blockquote><p>“To actually get into a wind project where you’re actually creating 75 to 100 megawatts, we are not aware of any municipality, I’m not saying there’s not any, but I have not seen any yet.”</p></blockquote><p>Muskegon County is <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/WindDeveloper2011.pdf">soliciting proposals</a> to create a wind farm that would generate between 75 and 100 megawatts. They expect to begin reviewing those proposals by May. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:21:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1010 at http://michiganradio.org Muskegon County seeking developers to build wind farm