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Points North, Ep. 7: Harnessing wind

Kaye LaFond
Interlochen Public Radio
This view from the top of Mount Arvon in the Upper Peninsula could include wind turbines one day.

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

Credit Kaye LaFond / Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen Public Radio
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.

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

Credit WEC Energy Group
The Presque Isle Power Plant shut down on Sunday.

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

Credit Emily Mae Harpe
Poet and author Anne-Marie Oomen

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.


Commentary from Aaron Stander on The Lake Michigan Mermaid.

Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.