February 2012 – The residents of Munger near Bay City have opted out of a wind farm project that promised to bring at least 12 jobs and $108,000 in direct income to 9 of the 413 families that populate the area. NextEra Energy had planned on placing nine turbines within Merritt Township as part of an overall plan that also includes Bloomfield and Gilford Townships Those communities have already approved the placement of up to 70 proposed turbines.
The issue looks to have divided the community as the nine property owners would have received a reported average of $12,000 per year in lease payments from the wind development. It’s unclear if this development will impact the rest of the $250m project.
NextEra Energy is based in Juno Beach Florida with 2010 revenues of more than $15 billion, nearly 43,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 28 states and Canada.