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Wind and faith

MEC member group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL) brought together clergy from a half-dozen different faiths to tour the $440 million Gratiot County Wind Farm in November. 

The group was comprised of Muslim, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, and Lutheran denominations. They went to Breckenridge to participate in the Wind Working Group's tour of the Gratiot wind facility. A short educational program was part of the tour. 

Tiffany Hartung of the Sierra Club discussed many of the health impacts of coal-fired electricity generation and John Sarver discussed the potential of renewable energy in his "Michigan's Energy Future" presentation. 

The clergy networked with other participants and viewed installed wind turbines and partially installed turbines. 

The facility eventually will have 133, 1.6 megawatt turbines supplying electricity to 50,000 homes, reports the Saginaw News. 

MIPL hopes to offer similar tours quarterly in 2012.
-Hugh McDiarmid, Jr.
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