- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

BRIDGEHAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Several townships in Michigan’s rural Thumb region have halted or are considering moratoriums on wind energy development.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports (https://bwne.ws/1pEUB2v ) Sunday three Sanilac County townships recently approved a moratorium or rejected wind energy ordinances. A fourth, Bridgehampton Township, is exploring a moratorium.

Exelon Corp. is developing an area wind farm. Spokeswoman Kristen Otterness says the company works with communities “to develop a constructive approach to permitting wind generation facilities.”

The actions follow a wind turbine’s collapse last month in the Huron County community of Elkton. Residents told county officials this month they are concerned about the rising number of turbines and complained about noise and lights.

The Michigan Public Service Commission in 2009 designated the Thumb region as a primary wind energy resource zone.


Information from: Times Herald, https://www.thetimesherald.com

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