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New wind park under construction in Mid-Michigan

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(10/15/12) - Mid-Michigan's newest wind park is now under construction.

NextEra Energy is putting up 75 wind turbines in Saginaw and Tuscola Counties. A power substation will be built in Bay County for the "Tuscola-Bay Wind Farm."

Not everyone is happy with the project. We've seen this before in small towns where the construction of these wind parks has put neighbors at odds.

"To me, they are fantastic, said Verna Trombley of Blumfield Township.

The wind mills are just outside Trombley's back door in Blumfield Township, in Saginaw County. Several of the 280 foot structures are up, the blades on some are even moving, but not yet producing electricity.

A NextEra Energy spokesperson says the construction of the wind turbines has been slowed the last few days because of high winds, but the project is still expected to be completed by next year. Even though some people doubt renewable energy's staying power, Trombley believes this will help the region, and country.

"But wind mills have been around for how long, out west, up north, they are still going," she said.

Sheryl Reinke lives across the street from the new turbines.

"I have no use for them, my husband have no use for them, a lot of people down here have no use for them, but like I said, we have to put up with them, because they are here," she said.

One thing everyone likes is the 200 temporary construction jobs the project brings. When the park is up and running, it will have eight-10 fulltime workers. Reinke says time will tell if she can adjust to her new view outside her front window.

"I might get used to it, but I doubt I will, because I wonder what it will sound like when they start up," she said.

Trombley says she will have no problem with them, unless, "Not unless they bother my TV."

The power produced by the wind park will be purchased by Detroit Edison.

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