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Plans Halted For Northwest Michigan Wind Farm

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BEULAH (AP) – An energy company has discontinued plans to build a wind farm in the northwestern Lower Peninsula.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and the Ludington Daily News report Duke Energy Renewables announced the decision Wednesday about the project. It had been planned for Benzie and Manistee counties.

Estimates for the project said it would include anywhere between 62 to 112 turbines.

The company started looking for sites in 2009 and had named the proposed wind farm the Gail Windpower Project. Duke Energy’s original plan included property in four townships but that had been scaled back to two.

Milton Howard, vice president of wind development, said the timing was off to sell electricity generated by the project. And the company said it has wind power projects in other states that it’s working on.

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