Michigan Mauling: Desperate Developers Throw $Millions at Pro-Wind Propaganda But Huron County Votes 2:1 Against Wind Power Plans
The wind industry is being belted on all fronts, the world over; whether it’s governments slashing subsidies or communities lashing back, wind power outfits are under siege, and the threat is mortal.
In the United States, the rolling fury in communities threatened by the rollout of giant industrial wind turbines is palpable and spreading. We’ll start with The Daily Caller’s Andrew Follett.
Small Towns Fight Back Against World’s Largest Green Energy Company
The Daily Caller
2 May 2017
Two rural Michigan towns are holding a referendum Tuesday on whether or not to block two of the world’s largest green energy companies from building wind turbines.
The vote could stop the companies DTE Energy and NextEra Energy from building 70 new wind turbines in Huron County. The county already has 550 wind turbines, but residents opposed to more wind turbines hope the referendum will block new turbines.
Anti-wind power activists got about 1,200 signatures to get a measure against turbines on the ballot.
The Ellington and Almer townships have a combined population of less than 6,000. NextEra Energy sued both of them this year after the townships put a year-long moratorium on new wind turbine projects.
Huron County Wind Resistance says the future wind turbines would ruin the county’s rural feel and pose a health risk to residents.
“Tomorrow is our last chance,” Huron County Wind Resistance said in a Facebook post Monday. “Tell DTE and NextEra they are not wanted…. 550 turbines is enough. Vote NO tomorrow. PLEASE! Enough is enough is enough.”
If residents vote against the new turbines, the companies will be forced to move its wind power projects elsewhere.
“We have a lot of people that host sites today and have been vocal about supporting it, but there’s also another piece of the county of residents that don’t support it,” Trevor F. Lauer, President of DTE energy, told The Huron County View. “I tell you, this is a wonderful county to develop wind in, but if it’s not the desire of the people in the county, then that’s not something we’re going to do here.”
NextEra Energy sued both townships after they imposed a year-long moratorium on wind-turbine development, filing suit against Ellington in late March and against Almer in February. NextEra has a history of filing lawsuits in both state and federal court against other small towns.
In January, NextEra sued after officials in Rush County, Indiana, denied a permit for a 22-turbine wind farm the company wants to construct. In October, NextEra filed a lawsuit against officials in Clinton County, Missouri, after they passed a ban on wind turbines. The company also sued the small town of Hinton, Oklahoma, in October after the town called wind turbines “a public nuisance” and prohibited their installation within two miles of its borders.
The National Review estimates this prohibition cost NextEra $18 million per year in federal tax subsidies.
NextEra made a profit of $21.5 billion between 2008 and 2015 but paid zero federal income taxes on it, according to The New York Times. In fact, the company received a net tax credit of $313 million thanks to government subsidies. The company has a total market capitalization of $62.43 billion. It currently operates 110 wind projects across 20 U.S. states.
NextEra claims to be “the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun” on its website.
The company also filed a libel suit against Esther Wrightman, a Canadian anti-wind activist, for calling the company “NexTerror” and “NextError” on her website.
NextEra Energy did not return requests for comment to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The Daily Caller
What happens next is a credit to every man, woman and child in Huron County, Michigan ready to fight to protect their businesses, their farms, their homes, their families and their community.
To STT followers, why a community would rally against threatened wind power projects is no mystery at all. We’ve been spelling it out since 26 December 2012, as one of our most dedicated followers Ella pointed out in this comment on a recent post (incidentally it was Ella who gave us the ‘heads up’ on happenings in Huron County).
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Anyway ….. Thank You so much. You have driven the facts in each article you write, with clear and concise language. Your sarcasm, when needed, is even top notch!
People from all over the world have come here for valued information.
From my perspective, of my community, after sharing this site to as many people I could since that time, I believe….
STT, you deserve the award of Bravery from those you have helped. STT, did a large portion of making the following article happen, whether you know it or not.
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We were touched by Ella’s comment, but ecstatic with the news that, despite the developer out spending the community by 100:1, its defenders voted 2:1 against the greatest economic and environmental fraud of all time.
DTE Energy and NextEra Energy Huron County wind plans devastated by vote
The Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition, Inc
3 May 2017
Governor Snyder’s new 15% Renewable Energy Mandate gets frosty reception in Michigan’s wind capitol: Huron County
Huron County, MICHIGAN — Despite massive media buys by NextEra and DTE Energy in Huron County, both companies’ plans for additional wind turbines in Huron County (home to nearly 500 turbines today) were sharply rejected by Huron County voters by nearly 2:1
“Huron County folks have been on the receiving end of the Granholm/Snyder wind energy mandate for nearly ten years and they simply have had enough. Massive, wall-to-wall media buys by DTE Energy and NextEra Energy from Juno Beach Florida and with threats of litigation by NextEra for voting the “wrong” way were no match for the courage and will of the people. When the campaign disclosures are revealed, they will show that the people were outspent by a hundred to one. But the people prevailed by two to one across the county. This is a stunning rebuke to both utilities!” -Kevon Martis, director, IICC
“This vote was about more than just two local wind projects. This was a referendum on Governor Snyder’s just-enacted 15% renewable energy mandate. And he lost big. Huron County has had enough. And not just Huron County. In the past six months voters in adjoining Tuscola and Sanilac Counties have rejected another project by NextEra as well as one each by Invenergy and Exelon Wind. The bottom line is that wind development is no longer welcome in Michigan’s best wind resource region-the Thumb. That’s because the most effective “anti-wind” campaign sign is a 50 story tall turbine in the township next door. Given a choice, no reasonable person would prefer to have one a thousand feet from their bedroom window.” -Kevon Martis, director, IICC
“On the heels of their embarrassing loss in Huron County, DTE will be running back to Lansing demanding that our legislature seize the right to regulate wind development from townships and counties and turn it over to a state bureaucrat. We intend to fight that effort with all our strength.” -Kevon Martis, director, IICC
“Governor Snyder, Senator Nofs and former Rep Aric Nesbitt made a poor calculation when they threw our rural townships to the environmental lobby for the sake of increasing DTE and CMS Energy’s electric monopolies last December. We are more determined than ever to stop this failed wind energy mandate that divides communities, raises utility rates, doubles DTE share prices and brings dubious environmental value. Lansing should do the right thing and end the 15% renewable energy mandate immediately.” -Kevon Martis, director, IICC
The Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition, Inc. is a bi-partisan renewable energy watchdog group committed to science based energy policy. Staffed by volunteers, IICC is funded by small private donors and is not sponsored by any industry or environmental advocacy interests. IICC is proud to work with many like-minded grassroots groups across the Midwest.