The generation of electricity using wind power probably has a bright future in Delta County. It's a good sign that companies like Heritage Sustainable Energy have chosen to explore placing wind towers on the Garden Peninsula to generate and market this resource.
The growth of the wind power industry, though, shouldn't be allowed to continue here without putting some basic ground rules into place. Those first steps were taken Monday during a meeting of the Delta County Planning Commission.
The meeting allowed residents of Garden to voice their concerns about wind generation in their neck of the woods, and how it might impact their lives.
The meeting resulted in the planning commission forming a sub-committee to create zoning rules dealing with wind generation. Once completed, the ordinance will be presented to the Delta County Board for action.
This is a positive move that was greatly needed. Michigan does have guidelines pertaining to wind towers, but it is up to individual communities to craft their own zoning rules.
The generation of wind power will no doubt be beneficial to everyone. It is an up and coming industry that seems to have a bright future. Heritage Sustainable Energy and similar companies may invest money here that will boost the local economy and hopefully create jobs as well.
There do need to be rules set in place, however, particularly on how far a wind tower can be placed from a residential area. Having such rules in place only makes common sense.
Wind power generation and the benefits it will bring should be welcomed here, but lets make sure we have clear and effective rules in place first.