Controversial windpower project cancelled

After months of debate, Duke Energy has decided it will no longer move forward with it's wind project plans in Benzie and Manistee Counties.

The company spent more than a year signing contracts with dozens of landowners, setting up job fairs, and hosting public input meetings.

Community members were divided over the Gail Windpower Project that would have created 112 turbines in their backyards. The issue even led to the recall of three Joyfield Township board members in 2011.

Duke Energy says the decision was made because they couldn't secure a long term agreement with a power purchaser.

The company notified landowners earlier this week about their decision.

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