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Mason County wind farm neighbors sue Consumers Energy
Mlive.com ^ | April 08, 2013 | John S. Hausman

Posted on 04/08/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek

LUDINGTON, MI – Seventeen neighbors of the Lake Winds Energy Park wind farm south of Ludington have sued Consumers Energy Co., alleging that noise, vibrations and flickering lights from its 56 towering turbines are causing sleeplessness, headaches, dizziness and other physical symptoms as well as economic loss.


The neighbors filed their lawsuit April 1 in Mason County Circuit Court. They seek monetary damages in excess of $25,000 and a court order for Consumers to “cease and desist in their activities” and to “abate the intrusions.”


Consumers Energy declined to comment on the case on Monday. But the company will issue a statement in response to the lawsuit Tuesday morning, spokesman Dan Bishop said Monday.


The neighbors’ lawyer, Craig W. Horn of Saginaw, declined to comment on the case Monday.


According to the complaint, the neighbors allege that throughout the project’s testing period and immediately after it began operation last November, they noticed the following “intrusions” on their properties and homes:

• Frequent, “highly disturbing” noise from the turbines.

• Vibrations or a pulsing sensation as the blades pass by the pedestal.

• A flicker/strobe effect inside their homes when sunlight passes through the blades.

• Glare when sunlight shines on the turbines.

• Numberous flashing red lights reflecting off the rotating blades that “overwhelm the night sky” and are visible inside their homes.


The lawsuit alleges the neighbors, all of whom say they own property and live in homes within a half-mile of some of the turbines, have suffered “some and/or all” of the following physical conditions, which they attribute to the wind farm:

• Inability to sleep and repeated awakening.

• Headaches and pressure.

• Ringing and aching in the ears.

• Dizziness.

• Stress and tension.

• Extreme fatigue.

• Reduced ability to concentrate.

• Nausea.


The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs will continue to suffer harm, including physical injury, emotional distress and loss of property value if they continue to be exposed to the wind farm’s operation.


The $250 million Lake Winds Energy Park development in Mason County’s Riverton and Summit townships, between Ludington and Pentwater, generates 100.8 megawatts of electricity. Its Vestas turbines are 312 feet high at the hub, with rotor blades having a 328-foot diameter.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: energy; fail; wind
Full title: Mason County wind farm neighbors sue Consumers Energy, claim physical harm from Lake Winds Energy Park

Official complaint (pdf)
1 posted on 04/08/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
I just about guarantee the turbines aren't turning today because there is too much wind.

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2 posted on 04/08/2013 4:39:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I hope they win. Those things are a blight on the landscape and the only reason they’re even viable is government subsidies. Waste of time and money compared to cheaper and less intrusive forms of energy generation.


3 posted on 04/08/2013 4:43:58 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
That was some beautiful country up there. I'd hate to see how they look on the landscape now.
4 posted on 04/08/2013 4:47:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
“The $250 million Lake Winds Energy Park development in Mason County’s Riverton and Summit townships, between Ludington and Pentwater, generates 100.8 megawatts of electricity”

That is an installed cost of $2.5 million per MW for interruptible power supply. That is ridiculous. Taxpayers and ratepayers are subsidizing this monstrosity. Neighbors are getting sick.

5 posted on 04/08/2013 4:48:21 PM PDT by detective
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To: cripplecreek
I say examine their voting record before deciding the case.

If they voted for people in the "D" column all these many years, they should be forced to live with the consequences.

I see Michigan. What are the odds they did not vote for the people who disrupted their "quiet enjoyment"?

6 posted on 04/08/2013 4:49:25 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: detective
That is an installed cost of $2.5 million per MW for interruptible power supply. That is ridiculous. Taxpayers and ratepayers are subsidizing this monstrosity.

To be fair, power is measured by the KW/hr. So, the $2.5 Million per KW isn't really accurate. We need to add whatever maintenance is required, and then figure out what the meaningful life expectancy of the windmill is expected to be, then add whatever cost it takes to tear it down, haul it away and scrap it.

I submit that the true cost is somewhat less than $2.5 Million/KW; but multiple times higher than other forms of electrical generation. Say, Nuclear for example - very safe, very economical, very efficient and very dependable. We power our aircraft carriers and submarines with it; and those reactors are carried into war. Been doing this for nearly 40 years.

Even though France (Libtard utopia) gets 85% of their energy from nuclear power; we can't because some Libtards saw a scary movie back in the 1970's.

7 posted on 04/08/2013 4:57:16 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: elkfersupper
Mason county is on the shore of lake Michigan.

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8 posted on 04/08/2013 5:07:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hodar

Lets not forget the cost of replacing the windmill every 10 to 20 years.


9 posted on 04/08/2013 5:09:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
I love driving up 31, near Hart. Theres a hill that you clear and then the view opens up. It reminds me a LITTLE bit of the front range of Colorado (except much smaller). Unfortunately, they have those big ugly things ruining a good view.

Was out at Bass lake last summer and saw those ugly things sticking up out in the distance.

10 posted on 04/08/2013 5:10:02 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: elkfersupper
I have relatives in Mason County, so I'm up there quite often.
Mason county has some good people there, but unfortunately it has MORE than its share of ... trash.
DEFINETLY more than its share of Obama voters.
11 posted on 04/08/2013 5:16:08 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: mountn man

I lived in Evart and worked in Reed city. I think its the only time in my life that I actually looked forward to the drive to work.


12 posted on 04/08/2013 5:18:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hodar
The installed cost is $2.5 million per MW(not KW). This is about 6 times the installed cost of a gas turbine generator. The gas turbine produces peak power, that is power when demanded. The windmill produces interruptible power, meaning it only generates when the wind is blowing, not when it is needed.

With wind power you still need other installed capacity in case the wind power is not produced. Therefore, wind power only displaces the incremental generating cost, not total cost of generation.

The incremental cost of coal generation is less than $.02 per kwh. The average cost of wind power is about $.15 per kwh or 8 to 10 times the cost of energy it displaces. This unit has much higher than average installed cost. The cost per kwh is probably $.20 or higher.

13 posted on 04/08/2013 5:21:00 PM PDT by detective
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To: cripplecreek

Just give the neighbors the rights to harvest the shredded poultry downstream of the wind farm.

At least they’ll be eatin’ on the cheap....


14 posted on 04/08/2013 5:21:47 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: cripplecreek



15 posted on 04/08/2013 5:21:56 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: mountn man

I’d be joining the ranks of the ecoterrorists if I had to look at that crap all the time.


16 posted on 04/08/2013 5:24:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: detective

If they want to go green here in Michigan, hydro is the way to go. Its cheap and you don’t need a new dam every twenty years.

(I’m not talking about pump storage either)


17 posted on 04/08/2013 5:26:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
My grandparents lived in Custer. I have cousins in Scottville and Ludington.

Ever take the car ferry?

18 posted on 04/08/2013 5:27:00 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: cripplecreek
I hope these people win and force these things out. We were driving up in north Texas along the Red River, beautiful country. We came over a hill and these windmills stretched as far as you could see. They are hideous.
19 posted on 04/08/2013 5:28:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: mountn man

I’ve never been on the ferry.

It irritates the hell out of me that Rick Snyder is so enamored with his green tech that he thinks everybody wants it. I tell him every day on twitter that Michigan wants good old hands dirty blue collar jobs. I see today that Brian Calley is in Norway talking business (More windmills)


20 posted on 04/08/2013 5:34:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The middle picture is not my cousins house, but thats his view.


21 posted on 04/08/2013 5:36:36 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: cripplecreek
I’d be joining the ranks of the ecoterrorists if I had to look at that crap all the time.

A small group of guys with some explosives experience could take care of that problem in a couple hours in the middle of the night......

22 posted on 04/08/2013 5:39:46 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Probably not the wisest thing to post. Especially on a site like FR.

I'm sure Zero and Co. keep close tabs here. Heck I wouldn't be surprised if they'd post something here, then do something somewhere, then blame the people here at FR.

23 posted on 04/08/2013 6:06:52 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: cripplecreek; mountn man

I’ve been on the Ludington Ferry but I avoid the Saugatuck Fairy


24 posted on 04/08/2013 7:40:30 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: cripplecreek

Wind farms......ethanol was another brilliant idea.


25 posted on 04/08/2013 8:07:34 PM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfJCB_m_xf8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiGxuaF2-kA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYmxYqC5CtU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOqmxmibCw


26 posted on 04/08/2013 8:15:11 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: DouglasKC

And they are grossly inefficient and they kill thousands of birds, including eagles. If those blasted things were not the pet project of enviro-whackos, the EPA would have fined them out of existence.


27 posted on 04/08/2013 9:24:34 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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