Potential Stop of All Wind Projects in Michigan’s Thumb
Michigan’s Huron County Commissioner John Nugent really knows how the wind blows in Huron County Michigan. His recent announcement of his position in the Huron Daily Tribune was direct and to the point. “I’m in the process of researching it, speaking with people, talking with attorneys. And when it’s appropriate, after the first of the year, when we have a new board in place, I’ll bring forward a resolution … hopefully for a full moratorium.”
This stance, if fulfilled, would bring a grinding halt to the rapid progression of wind tribunes in Michigan’s Thumb; the fastest growing wind district in the state. The Huron Daily Tribune reports that “Nugent is calling for a halt to wind turbine projects until the county’s wind ordinance can be updated. He said he doesn’t want it to harm responsible wind developers, but is concerned about the health, safety and welfare of residents — all of which he says are at risk if development continues.”
This is a huge flip-flop to the ongoing development of wind energy in Michigan Thumb. Currently Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac counties together have 14 wind farms operating or under construction, almost all erected in the last two years. An estimated 116 turbines are operating in the Upper Thumb region.