Mich. town approves wind farm moratorium amid backlash
Monitor Township – An eastern Michigan town is halting consideration of wind turbine projects amid resident complaints over an energy company’s proposal to build a wind farm in the area.
Monitor Township officials unanimously approved a moratorium Monday on the construction of wind turbines until the township’s planning commission can review its wind ordinance.
More than 400 residents attended the township’s Board of Trustees meeting this week to voice opposition to DTE Energy’s wind farm proposal. Many cited excessive noise, health concerns, wildlife damage and impact to property values in their complaints.
Resident Brooke Adamski said several homeowners have expressed frustration with the lack of information from township officials.
“I hope they can gain our trust back and move forward and listen to the majority of the people who live here in Monitor Township,” said resident Jill Moreno.
Supporters of wind energy have said it’s cost effective and can help lessen reliance on fossil fuels. More than 20 wind farms have been developed in rural communities across the state, including Huron, Saginaw and Isabella counties.
“In addition to payments to landowners, wind projects bring economic benefits such as job creation and a new source of tax revenue,” DTE Energy said in a recent statement. The Detroit-based utility encouraged Monitor Township to learn about wind energy and “ensure they have an ordinance that balances private property rights and diverse community interests.”
Township Supervisor Ken Malkin said officials will collect data and residents’ opinions for the planning commission to review in August.