Lake Township Residents Strike Down Wind Ordinance

DTE EnergyLake Township, Michigan – Feb 28, 2012. In a special referendum held during the Michigan Republican primary, the residents of Lake Township Michigan stuck down a wind ordinance that would have allowed immediate development of wind farms along the tip of Michigan’s Thumb.  Locals estimated that there were five to ten turbines being earmarked for the area. The vote was 207 to 128 opposing development. There are approximately 320 families living in Lake.

Residents striking down wind ordinances  aligns the township with growing trend of curtailing wind farm growth. On February 22, 2012  the Merritt Township Planning Board in Bay County Michigan struck down a nine turbine project being developed by NextEra.

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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

10 Responses

  1. Lou Colletta says:

    Vote was 207 to 128 not 158 almost 60%.
    Great website
    Keep it up.

    • ThumbWind says:

      Thank you for the correction. Appreciated.

      • Mat says:

        What is so bizarre about this is the eanlxpation of global warming alarmists about this colder weather. They actually say that global warming makes for cooler temperatures! Then how can it be global warming I ask? Well sir, you aren’t a scientist so we can’t really explain it in terms you’d understand.

  2. Bob Siver says:

    I second what Lou wrote- you’ve created an excellent blog. It’s not hard to imagine it becoming a serious public forum for energy and environmental issues in the Thumb. And Lou, you should also be taking a bow for your tireless work on the ballot initiative.
    Apart from the well documented engineering inefficiencies of wind turbines (articulated nicely by kmartis in the comment section of today’s Tribune), it would be especially shortsighted and foolhardy to commit to wide scale wind development at a time when the taxation issue is in the state of flux it is. Unfortunately, ‘shortsighted and foolhardy’ would seem to be the mission statement of the current executive board and planning commission in Lake Township. Not to mention the transparent cronyism when it comes to issues like turbines and beach easements. I can hardly wait to see how they plan to disregard the votes of 207 of their constituents- I guess we’ll find out when DTE comes up with a plan.

    • ThumbWind says:

      Bob…thanks. This blog was started as a lark but the response has been terrific. There is a new post I’m putting out this morning that we should provoke some more conversation on efficiencies of these technologies.

  3. Susan says:

    I happened upon this website this morning. It is great. I am a Huron Cty resident, wintering in Florida and have been watching what has been going on in our county with these windfarms. Thank you for such a great site. I have forwarded the website address on to my family members who also have properties in the thumb areas. Good job!

  4. Ronyndy says:

    No question it has been a cool semmur here in the Traverse City area – most crops were a couple weeks behind schedule, and home-grown tomatoes didn’t ripen well. But having to import cherries for the Cherry Festival is pretty common due to the Festival being around the 4th of July, a couple weeks before the main cherry harvest. Not that this has anything to do with Global Warming being the biggest scientific scam since Piltdown Man.

  1. May 8, 2012

    […] wish to cede from Lake Township. The move by these landowners looks to be a result of the 207 to 128 defeat by Lake Township voters of a wind zoning ordinance favorable to wind development. The wind leaseholders are […]

  2. May 21, 2012

    […] of wind turbines in the shoreline community are looking at succeeding from Lake Township. This move looks to attempt to circumvent the election results in which the vote was 207 to 128 oppos…. There are approximately 320 families living in […]

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