The Wind Farm Debate Heats Up West Michigan

Over the last couple of months, the wind turbine tower project proposed for the waters of Lake Michigan off of Oceana and Mason Counties has generated a lot of debate and discourse. As Realtors, we have a vested interested to stay informed of this project, and the ramifications, good or bad, that it could have to our communities.

I recommend that all local community members familiarize themselves with the proposed projects, and do some research to understand the economic and environmental repercussions, good or bad,  that such a project could potentially have on West Michigan.

The wind turbine project is being proposed by Scandia Winds, LLC of Chanhassen, MN and its Norwegian partner, Havgul Clean Energy. Scandia Wind has dubbed the project 

 

Suggested view of what a Wind Farm could look like.

 

Similiar projects are proposed in various parts of the country. To read about these projects, and see photos of other proposed projects, visit the ecopolitology blog at http://ecopolitology.org. The photo above is courtesy of ecopolitology.org.

The Industrial Wind Action Group has a site that demonstrates some of the local community members' concern about the Aegir Project. You can view the page at http://www.windaction.org/news/25129

An article on MLive.com has generated many comments, both for and against the project. To read the article and comments go tohttp://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2009/12/wind-farm_developers_face_hurd.html.

Legislation has been introduced to the Michigan State House of Representatives to issue a moratorium on permitting or leasing for offshore wind energy development. Rep. Geoff Hansen (R-Hart) introduced House Bill 5671 to legally prohibit development of a project until the state has had a chance to institute oversight measures. You can review this bill athttp://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(mptgzfaeef3jy1uojajhws55))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2010-HB-5761

It is my intent to provide you with the tools to form your own educated opinion on this matter. If you would like to voice your opinion to your local representatives in Government, here are some links to some local Government Officials:

Rep. Geoff Hansen (R-Hart) http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=100

State Rep. Dan Scripps (D-Leland) http://101.housedems.com/

State Senator Gerald Van Woerkom (R-Muskegon) http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/vanwoerkom.asp?District=34

Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich) http://www.michigan.gov/gov

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich)  http://stabenow.senate.gov/

U.S Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich) http://levin.senate.gov/

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich) http://hoekstra.house.gov/

For tips on how to effectively communicate with your government representatives, visit http://www.congress.org/communicate

"The Aegir Project". They have developed an informative website for the project. To read more, visit http://www.scandiawind.com/Aegirproject.html

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