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The Amazing Color of Elkton Michigan

Elkton Main Street

The village in Huron County Michigan was first known as Oliver Center, from its location in Oliver Township (named for pioneer settler John Oliver) when organized in 1877. The village was founded in 1886 by W. J. McGillivray, a blacksmith, who built the first house here. He named it to commemorate his killing a huge … Read more

Michigan Wind Farm Accidents

Wind Farm Accidents

Wind Farm Accidents We have managed to find a reliable global source of information on specific incidents, accidents structural failures and even tragic fatalities occurring on all wind farms since 1999. Detailed information will be provided and update from various official and  media sources and placed as a resource on our site. Over the next … Read more

Building a Wind Turbine in Five Minutes

Wind Turbine and Moon

The folks at MidAmerican  Energy put together this terrific video that shows the entire process of building a wind turbine like those in the Thumb. The video is a little over five minutes and includes factoids during the entire process.

Wind Turbine

Building a Wind Turbine

When complete in 2019, the $3.6 billion MidAmerican Energy Wind XI project will add up to 2,000 megawatts of capacity, and produce enough wind energy to power more than 840,000 average Iowa homes. MidAmerican has built over 2,000 wind turbines.

MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Fast Facts on Wind Energy

  • As of June 2019 , there are now over 57,000 wind turbines built in 41 states in the U.S.
  • Wind energy provides over 20% of the electricity produced in six states.
  • Over the past ten years there has been an estimated $142 billion invested in wind energy technology
  • In 2018 wind energy supported over 114,000 jobs across every state in the U.S.

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Huron County Michigan Halts Wind Development

Bad Axe, Michigan – At a morning meeting April 2, 2015, the Huron county board of commissioners approved a 90 day moratorium ordinance, with a possible 90 day extension on starting or approving any new wind projects in Michigan’s Thumb. After more than 2 1/2 hours of public comments the ordinance passed on a 4 … Read more