Wind Turbines on the Ballot, 
NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | BRIAN CABELL | Word on the Street

LOOKS LIKE WIND turbines will be on the ballot in L’Anse Township next spring.

The township clerk Monday evening certified 410 signatures on a petition to put the controversial issue on the ballot. The anti-turbine citizens group, Friends of the Huron Mountains, says they needed only about 115 signatures to get certified.

Friends’ president Burt Mason expects township residents to vote on the issue in May.

The referendum, if passed, would overturn a recent Township ordinance that allows the installation of wind turbines on commercial forest land in L’Anse Township. Renewable Energy Systems is proposing to install 49 turbines on the forest land but they’ve run into vehement opposition.

Opponents claim the turbines would adversely affect the economy, home values, and tourism in the community. Supporters, on the other hand, believe the investment in turbines would be a boost for the economy.

It seems the voters will now have the final say.

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  1. I have personally been talking with local people for the last 8 months regarding this issue. People generally have the impression that I initially did–wind turbines are “green” energy, they must be good and we will get cheaper electrical rates. I began to do some research. I attended all of the presentations by the parties involved. I found that Friends of the Huron Mountains were seeking unbiased information as was I. It turns out, neither of my early suppositions–“green” energy and cheaper electricity–are true! In fact, we don’t even get to use the electricity as it would just go out on the grid! I have had tables at various events in the area to share this information, the web and Facebook sites that Friends has found. I encourage people to study the information on them and make their own decisions. However, once 98-99% of the people with whom I share this information–they’re not that “green” except for the companies that put them up and get tax subsidies AND we won’t get cheaper electricity–respond by saying, “That’s stupid! Why grind up our mountains for that?” Indeed, why?

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