Points North, Ep. 7: Harnessing wind

Apr 4, 2019

This week on Points North, a renewable energy company wants to build a wind farm in a forested part of the Upper Peninsula, but there’s resistance. Plus, the last coal plant providing electricity in the U.P. shuts down.

Plan to put wind farm in Upper Peninsula forest gets community pushback

Burt Mason is president of Friends of the Huron Mountains, a non-profit dedicated to fighting a wind farm proposal. Here he stands next to a scale model of a wind turbine he built to show people their size.
Credit Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio

Most wind energy projects in Michigan are on farm land in the southern part of the state. They are often controversial even there, but now, one company wants to put a wind farm in an Upper Peninsula forest. Many community members don’t feel that’s the right place either.

Learn more about the debate here. 



Large scale U.P. coal plant closes
The Presque Isle Power Plant shut down on Sunday.
Credit WEC Energy Group

The Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette has closed. It has long been the biggest producer of coal-fired energy for the Upper Peninsula, supplying power for over 60 years, and was the last coal plant in the U.P. to sell electricity to customers.

Hear why the power company made the shift to natural gas.


The mermaid tale that won a 2019 Michigan Notable Book award
Poet and author Anne-Marie Oomen
Credit Emily Mae Harpe

A young girl's life is in turmoil. She lives on the shores of Lake Michigan and looks for stability when she meets a mythical mermaid.  Poets Anne-Marie Oomen and Linda Nemec Foster won a Michigan Notable Book Award for their story ‘The Lake Michigan Mermaid: A Tale in Poems," this year.