Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R. Coalition was founded to be a non-profit organization of concerned citizens, residents and business owners, committed to protecting Lake Michigan , one of our state and nation’s greatest natural resources. We oppose any industrial off-shore wind power plant proposals that could negatively impact Lake Michigan ’s waters, regional economy, shoreline ecosystem, and quality of life. Through education, research, and dialogue we will work with the public and elected officials to protect Lake Michigan and surrounding communities while encouraging safer, more efficient, clean energy solutions and jobs for Michigan ’s future. P.O.W.E.R. stands for Protect Our Water, Economy and Resources.
POWER Coalition response to Scandia’s “scaled back” energy plant in Lake Michigan
“This latest proposal just adds to the serious doubts about Scandia’s tactics and credibility,” said Jeff Hoenle, president of the Lake Michigan P.O.W.E.R. Coalition. “They have continued to push for a decision, even though they know the State is just beginning the process of deciding how to handle this issue. They are trying to drive a wedge between two neighboring counties that have a long history of cooperation. And they have once again shifted their position about who they will listen to for approval of their plans. We continue to believe that this proposal and company are in the wrong place, at the wrong time.”
POWER Coalition response to the GLOW recommendations
“We are disappointed with this first draft of the GLOW Council’s legislative recommendations,” said Jeff Hoenle, President of the Lake Michigan POWER Coalition. “The recommendations fail to address the economic and environmental concerns of shoreline communities, and they entirely leave out any setback requirement. Moreover, the recommendations give MDRNE too much authority to make the most important decisions, with no oversight by any other body and no meaningful way for Michigan residents to hold it accountable. This draft does not honor the trust that the people of Michigan have placed in their State to safeguard these waters, and differs significantly from the report issued in September 2009″