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E-M:/ Is Michigan really committed to alternative enegry?

Published: August 31, 2008 09:52 am    print this story   email this story  

State won't help local wind project


MANISTEE -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm grabbed center stage at the Democratic National Convention by touting Michigan as a jobs creation leader powered by an emphasis on alternative energy development.

Meanwhile, a small group scrambled to secure private financing to manufacture a job-generating, cutting-edge wind turbine in Manistee, a whirlwind effort forced upon them because a state agency quashed their request for a $2 million start-up loan.

The state's refusal to support the wind turbine project upset local businessmen and officials, many of whom question Michigan's commitment to alternative energy efforts.