- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

ELMWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The new owners of Michigan’s first utility-grade wind turbine have been told they must obtain a zoning permit before it can begin operating again.

Officials in Leelanau County’s Elmwood Township had originally said Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC didn’t need any permits for the 160-foot turbine wind turbine along highway M-72. But an attorney informed the township supervisor that an ownership condition doesn’t allow the sale of the turbine to a private entity, so the company must go through the full permit process to have the condition removed.

The vice president for operations at Heritage tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/1xw4akX ) that the company is willing to work with the township and already has a decommissioning plan in place.

The 19-year-old turbine was shut down in 2013 due to problems obtaining parts and service.

Heritage purchased the turbine early last month and planned to have it up and running last Friday. The Traverse City-based company operates two large wind farms.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com

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