Gratiot Wind is currently under construction in central Michigan, and stands to be the largest wind power project in the state. Here is a brief article about the project by Midwest Energy News.
Back in March, we profiled the impending arrival of Michigan’s largest wind farm, in Gratiot County. While the standard narrative is that wind farms are controversial and hotly opposed by residents, Gratiot County was welcoming, even enthusiastic, about the project and the revenue it would bring.
Here’s what Dan Rossman of the local extension office had to say at the time:
“Even in the beginning we did not experience serious opposition. People had the typical questions and when their questions were answered, their fears just evaporated,” he said. “They were very open-minded.”
“No one has called my office to complain,” Rossman said. “There are people who chose not to have a turbine on their farm, but they did it because they didn’t need the financial help or didn’t want to lose acreage or deal with the construction or have their view changed.”
The wind farm is now well on its way to becoming reality. This video, made by Portland, Oregon filmmaker (and Michigan native) Ben VanderVeen, shows some photos of the project and gets some reaction from local officials.