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All Politics is Local: Township to Vote on Wind Power Referendum

After months of uncertainty, the question of whether Meade Township will be home to a wind turbine project will be put before voters in May.  The decision comes after township officials approved ballot language that will give residents a chance to approve additional wind development.

A Brief Background

The issue first arose last summer, when officials in Meade Township “voted down a six-month moratorium on wind energy development.”  The township board then approved an ordinance amendment in November to allow additional development of wind energy to continue in Meade Township.

This decision opened the door to DTE Energy’s planned 100-megawatt wind park, but was put on hold as a group of residents petitioned the township board to allow voters to decide whether the project should continue.  Now, the issue is up to the 525 registered Meade Township voters.

A Vital Piece of Michigan’s Energy Future

The potential wind project, sponsored by local energy provider DTE Energy, would entail an investment of about $250 million.  Not only would it help create jobs and spur Michigan’s economy, but it would also help Michigan meet the state’s 10 percent renewable energy goal.

More than that, it would allow Michigan to begin transitioning to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future by building the necessary energy infrastructure.  Wind energy is one of the most promising forms of renewable energy, representing the very innovation and sustainability that our state needs to move toward a brighter energy future for all Michiganders.

What Happens Next

Over the coming weeks and months, there is sure to be spirited debate on both sides of this issue.  AMP will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as the outcome has implications for all Michiganders, not just the citizens of Meade Township.

We’d like to hear where you stand on this issue. Tell us what you think!