Gratiot Farms Wind Project Powers Up in Mid Michigan

Wind Energy Development

Consumers Energy announced Gratiot Farms Wind Project is operational and contributes 150 megawatts of renewable energy to Michigan customers. Gratiot Farms Wind Project went online on December 16 and featured 60 turbines with a 150-megawatt capacity, enough to power about 58,000 residents. Consumers Energy acquired the project from Enel Green Power America, which started developing … Read more

Harvest Wind Farm Suffers Second Wind Turbine Fire in Michigan’s Thumb

Wind Farm Accidents

The Huron Daily Tribune reported that a wind turbine in Chandler Township caught fire Christmas morning, December 25th. No injuries or reports of damage were made; however, pictures of the turbine show scorched blades and generator housing. Local police cordoned off the area during the incident. Wind turbine catches fire in Chandler Township in Michigan’s … Read more

Set Up Your Own Home Wind Turbine

Home Wind Turbine

There is a high potential that Michigan and the Upper Thumb region will start seeing more users of home wind turbines in use for farms, homes, and cottages. Advances in technology have made this potential more affordable. Even “Big Box” home improvement stores have wind generation products for sale for home use.

Michigan Competitive in Wind Production, But Future Limited

Wind Energy Growth 2019

Over the past twenty years, the Great Lakes region has been steadily increasing the number of in new wind projects and wind energy output. Now that pace looks to have slowed with more local communities placing acting tighter zoning control over industrial wind development.  However growth continues as the cost of new project declines.  Michigan … Read more

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

ThumbWind Archive

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 … Read more

Wind Farm Secessionists

Lake Township Michigan

This post was published in May 2012 at the height of new zoning in Lake Township. While the split did not occur, it denotes the deep wounds that wind development can incur on a community. Huron County, Michigan – Twenty-one large landowners, unhappy with the outcome of a public referendum vote in February which curtailed the unbridled … Read more