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DTE Energy on Wind Turbine Taxes – “Appeal Each One!”

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.

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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

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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

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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 potential for wind energy generation.

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Huron Continues to Lead in Wind Incidents in 2017

Huron County industrial wind farms continue to have the most number of incidents than any other county in Michigan.

2017 data obtained from Caithness Windfarm Information Forum, a global incident collection group in the UK showed that since 1990, Huron County continues to lead Michigan in terms of wind farm accidents and incidents. The first mishap recorded in the county was in 2010.


Blade failure was the number one incident statewide with Human Health coming in second due to lawsuits for health issues. Most of the legal health issues occurred in Mason County on Michigan’s west coast against Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington.

In December 2016 Michigan had its second reported fire at Stoney Corners Wind Farm totally destroying a wind turbine. It was the second fire incident at the industrial wind park since 2011. Fire is the second most common wind farm incident globally.

The ThumbWind Michigan Wind Farm Accident Map has been updated with the latest reports from 2017.

Blade Failure – By far the biggest number of incidents found was due to blade failure. “Blade failure” can arise from a number of possible sources, and results in either whole blades or pieces of blade being thrown from the turbine.

Human Heath – Incidents include reports of ill-heath and effects due to turbine noise, shadow flicker, etc. Such reports are predicted to increase significantly as turbines are increasingly approved and built in unsuitable locations, close to people’s homes.

Miscellaneous – Component or mechanical failure has been reported here if there has been no consequential structural damage. Also included are lack of maintenance, electrical failure (not led to fire or electrocution) etc. Construction and construction support accidents are also included, also lightning strikes when a strike has not resulted in blade damage or fire.

Environmental – Includes oil spills and wildlife death due to turbine placement

Structural/Mechanical failure – “Structural failure” is assumed to be major component failure under conditions which components should be designed to withstand. This mainly concerns storm damage to turbines and tower collapse. However, poor quality control, lack of maintenance and component failure can also be responsible.

Transport – Most accidents involve turbine sections falling from transporters, though turbine sections have also been lost at sea. Transport is the single biggest cause of public fatalities.

Fire – Fire is the second most common accident cause in incidents found. Fire can arise from a number of sources – and some turbine types seem more prone to fire than others.

Ice Throw – These are listed here unless they have caused human injury, in which case they are included under “human injury”

Human Injury – Involved wind industry or construction/maintenance workers, and involved members of the public or workers not directly dependent on the wind industry (e.g. fire fighters, transport workers)

Fatality – Wind industry and direct support workers (divers, construction, maintenance, engineers, etc), or small turbine owner/operators.  Public fatalities, including workers not directly dependent on the wind industry (e.g. transport workers)