MARQUETTE, Mich. — I recently visited Garden to learn about renewable energy. Citizens need to have a say in the location, scale, and ownership of wind farms. It’s especially vital the energy generated benefits the community in which it’s harvested.

Wind done right at a cottage-based, small scale is the future, but brash corporate energy colonization can tear a community apart. We all need to do our part in conservation and conversation. tiny.cc/SmallWind

I want Michigan to continue to offer energy credits to homes utilizing solar and wind, and start a discussion about the viability of wind, wave, hydroelectric, and geothermal options to contribute to our power grid.

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Would you be OK seeing this 50 miles off the coast on Lake Superior or Lake #Michigan if it meant renewable energy for…

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

LATEST MARQUETTE POLL

Are you amenable to wind farms in the U.P.? [✔A] Proponents say adding the cheapest renewable form of energy to the…

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Friday, April 6, 2018

PREVIOUS MARQUETTE POLL

Over 500 people voted in the December poll goo.gl/Zvekwt, but I’ve seen a lot of hysteria about wind farms on U.P.-based Facebook groups recently, so I will continually revisit this topic. I support all effective renewable energy measures.

Are you amenable to wind turbine farms in rural U.P. areas? [✔A] Proponents say adding the cheapest renewable form of…

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Thursday, December 28, 2017

BARAGA POLL

When looking at residents’ opinions in a popular poll near Baraga, the results are different. Renewable Energy Systems has proposed 30 to 50 wind turbines to be put throughout the Weyerhaeuser land in L’Anse township. RES officials said this area is good for power which, in turn, is good for the Upper Peninsula.

Who is and who isn’t in favor of the windmill project in Baraga and Marquette county’s. Please give us your vote.
Thank you.

Posted by Buddy Sweeney on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

I am closely following data on wind energy to understand how it can be applied in the U.P. We may be an ideal location for turbines to be their most effective. I understand this is a hard-sell for some residents, so I’m interested in your concerns if you’re voting ‘no’ in this poll.

Adding the cheapest renewable form of energy to the grid will save money in an environmentally friendly way, and positioning them coastally will be very efficient. Opponents say turbines are too loud, unsightly, permanently change landscape, and are harmful to migrating birds.

Protecting our wildlife is a huge priority, but let’s consider some facts. Wind turbines kill 300,000 birds annually —…

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Saturday, December 30, 2017

EXTERNAL LINKS

Solar

Jake Putala, a young conservative who studied the energy crisis, says, “Access to new power sources such as wind, solar,…

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Saturday, December 30, 2017

Here’s some bipartisan action the U.P. can take in support of solar energy. This issue was introduced to me by the…

Posted by Andrew Lorinser on Sunday, March 25, 2018