Author believes wind energy, not natural gas, is Michigan's energy future.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
To the Editor: Governor Snyder recently laid out his energy plan for Michigan, which called for an increase in natural gas. I strongly disagree with the Governor’s opinion that natural gas, which requires fracking, is what it best for Michigan. Instead, I believe that wind energy is what is best for Michigan’s energy future. Devastating events such as Michigan’s floods in May, a drought throughout the summer that damaged the corn crop and a freak cold snap that decimated our tart cherries and apple crop, make it abundantly clear that Michigan needs to prioritize renewable energy. I believe that wind energy is the best way to help curb these extreme weather events. The current wind energy production in Michigan is equivalent to taking 48,…
Commission begins discussion on alternative energy sources such as solar panels and wind power--both of which may result in regulating ordinances.
The Grosse Pointe Woods Planning Commission turned its attention to the future Tuesday when they began discussions on possible ordinances regulating solar panels and even wind power turbines within the city. Commissioners were presented with a packet filled with ordinance language from surrounding communities including one currently proposed by neighboring Grosse Pointe Shores--who currently has three residential homes utilizing solar power--illustrating the trend toward regulation of these new technologies. "The challenge here is really how far to regulate," Commissioner Douglas Hamborsky said. "The appropriate direction is to have a reasonable balance of regulation. It's a great time to put these into place too." Concerns addressed by …