Michigan County’s Bet On Wind Power Starting To Pay Off
2021-12-27
The success of wind projects in adjacent Gratiot County encouraged elected officials in Isabella County to support the development of a wind project that is projected to earn local governments at least $30 million in taxes. Isabella is a heavily agricultural county that hosts Central Michigan University. Now, with the Isabella Wind I and II… Read more »
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Meade Township Pays The Price For Believing Anti-Wind Rhetoric
2021-11-12
BAD AXE, Mich. – Farmer Paul Holz looks from his home in Meade Township, Mich., to neighboring townships and regrets what could have been. Holz had signed leases with DTE Energy in hopes of placing wind turbines on his land. But resistance fomented by long-time anti-wind agitator Kevon Martis and allied out-of-town wind energy opponents… Read more »
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Which Huron County School Districts Benefit The Most From Wind?
2021-11-4
Determining the benefits from wind energy for schools in Huron County required several steps. First, we had to learn how many school districts are in the county and their boundaries. Many covered multiple townships. Second, we learned the exact locations of each wind farm in the county and the locations of the turbines. We used… Read more »
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How Michigan Uses Wind Farm Revenue To Support Schools
2021-09-24
A feature investigation Each year, wind farms throughout Michigan pay tens of millions of dollars in taxes that support the local school systems in rural communities that often have declining populations and tax bases. Just how that money reaches school districts depends on the state’s complicated school finance system and whether communities have approved bond… Read more »
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Despite Opponent Arguments, Wind Energy Fills Sails In Huron County
2021-08-23
ELKTON, Mich. – So pervasive is the misinformation surrounding wind farms in rural Michigan that when Robert Krohn developed lung cancer, some of his neighbors who have known him for years said he probably got it from the 17 windmills Krohn has on his 1,400-acre farm. “It ain’t from the windmills,” the soft-spoken 77-year-old lifetime… Read more »
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