Carruthers won’t change his vote.
“We made promises to the citizens that we would open this up to other applicants,” Carruthers said.
The Michigan Land Use Institute, a local nonprofit agency that advocates for renewable energy, rallied public support for an open search and helped push the TCL&P vote in February. But the organization isn’t likely to press the issue again, said Hans Voss, MLUI executive director.
“The most important thing is that TCLP moves forward in a way that builds community consensus about the future of energy for the community and the environment,” Voss said. “We will take the long view and do our part to engage in constructive dialogue around energy in our town.”