Township approves ‘stringent’ wind farm rules


Another debate over green energy playing out in Bay County.

“They put together a good ordinance, and DTE knows that, and they know other townships are going to model that, and now they're desperate. So, I'm asking the board - approve it as is,” a resident said at the meeting.

Residents in Beaver Township where DTE has expressed interest in building a wind farm are speaking out about an ordinance with stringent rules. They require setbacks of four times the tower height and aircraft warning lights that illuminate only when activated by radar.

"DTE can still come as long they're able to live by the rules we've set forth. So, we'll have to see where it goes from there,” said Steven Gray, a Beaver Township supervisor.

The ordinance passed 4 to 0.

DTE responded to the ordinance with the following statement:The zoning ordinance adopted by Beaver Township will prevent development of wind parks in that community. We are disappointed for the Beaver Township land owners, businesses and community that stood to benefit in many ways, including increased tax revenue and job creation.? In spite of this outcome, DTE Energy will continue to build a network of informed landowners, residents and stakeholders in Beaver Township and elsewhere who support wind energy. As part of its long-term plan to move toward cleaner energy sources and to reduce carbon emissions, DTE continually evaluates sites for future wind development throughout the state of Michigan. Our company’s investment in renewable energy is driven by our commitment to generate energy that is cleaner while maintaining our focus on safety, reliability and affordability, not only for our 2.2 million customers but for residents throughout the state of Michigan.Copyright 2018 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.