DTE Appeals Taxes for Wind Turbines in 2016
“There’s an Appeal for Every Turbine”
That’s the statement made to the Huron Daily Tribune from Scott Simons, of DTE Energy Media Relations. DTE Energy has filed more than 60 appeals for wind turbines in the Michigan Thumb Wind parks in Huron Gratiot and Sanilac counties. Exelon Wind has filed 74 tax appeals.
These actions seem to have caught county commissioners and local tax assessors flat-footed and into a state of “shock and awe” as the large businesses and utility companies aggressively pursue tax relief. “The fact that all these developers went to the tax tribunal to fight the taxes that assessors put on them indicates that they reneged on their promises,” Huron County Commissioner Ron Wruble told the Huron Daily Tribune. “..and those are promises they made to the people of Huron County.”
Michigan Thumb counties could lose out on $100’s of thousands in tax revenue. It reflects yet another example of buyer’s remorse as Huron County is turned into a Green Energy Industrial Zone. In July 2018 DTE Energy placed appeals with the Michigan Tax Tribunal regarding the taxable value of the Monroe and Fermi nuclear power plants.
DTE Energy to Invest More in Wind Energy
DTE Energy announced plans for two additional wind parks that will be built in Michigan that will provide a combined 375 megawatts and begin operation in 2021 and 2022.
Michigan High in Wind Energy Potential
Over the past ten years, DTE Energy has been developing wind parks in Michigan and claims to have invested more than $2 billion in renewable energy. It notes that Michigan ranks among the top 15 states nationwide in the potential for wind energy generation.
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