Back when Thumbwind was launched about six years ago we undertook the the the 2011-2012 Thumb Wind Survey. It was one of the most viewed articles we posted in the early days. We predicted a total of 466 turbines in the thumb by 2017.
As of March 2017 the Huron Daily Tribune reported 473 wind turbines operational in Huron County. ThumbWind’s popular Wind Farm Map serves to track wind farms being planned or in operation throughout Michigan. We also added Wind Farm Accidents to our page.
Needless-to-say this is well beyond our expectations in 2011. The recent moratorium of new wind farms has halted several large projects in Huron County but projects in Tuscola and Sanilac continue to proceed. Development of new wind farms has turned to Mid-Michigan as of the projects are being proposed in Isabella County.
Thumbwind.com will be consolidating its tracking of projects this Fall and projecting a 2018-2020 projection by January 2018.
Back when I first started this blog about three years ago I did the the 2011-2012 Thumb Wind Survey. I predicted a total of 466 turbines in the thumb by 2017.
Today (October 10, 2013) the Huron Daily Tribune reported that ” “By sometime next year, we should have 328 wind turbines in Huron County because of what has been approved and what is under construction, Ninety-eight turbines are currently under construction.”
Needless-to-say this is well beyond our expectation in 2011 of the projected turbines built and in place by 2017. Thumbwind.com will be consolidating its tracking of projects during the winter and projecting a 2014-2020 projection by January 2014.
Lake Township in Huron County Michigan has made headlines for years has the tinder box for progressive vs. conservative politics in Michigan. Reporter Nch Wolak details the event following the recent election at:
Huron Daily Tribune > News > Local News.
DTE officials announced on that it plans to suspend operations at the Harbor Beach as soon as August 2013.
The Huron Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/LcT8Fv ) in Bad Axe says the decision results from federal emission standards that take effect in 2015. Russ Pogats is director of DTE Energy’s northern power plants. He says the company is evaluating its facilities that burn fossil fuels as it decides how to comply with regulations dealing with mercury and other toxins emitted by air. DTE Energy had to re-evaluate every one of its fossil-fueled plants to determine where it needs to make investments to comply with the new regulations, which are the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Cross State Air Pollution Rule.
He says the Harbor Beach plant on Lake Huron at the tip of Michigan’s Thumb region is a logical choice for closure. When built in 1968, it was needed to provide voltage support because the area had no transmission system. Transmission lines, called the Thumb Loop Project are now under construction.
The future of the 85-acre parcel in Harbor Beach is unclear. Officials said DTE is working with local economic development officials to find a future use for the site. Once an alternative use for the site is identified, Pogats said the goal is to decommission the power plant as soon as possible.