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Public input requested for Lake Erie offshore wind farm
WBFO – Buffalo, NY (10/4)
Government agencies are calling for the public's input on the nation’s first fresh water wind farm.

Great Lakes wind energy, cause concerns about risks to birds
WBFO – Buffalo, NY (10/3)
As attention turns to the Great Lakes for wind power, activists and environmental officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the affect it could have on migratory birds.

COMMENTARY: Americans keep going on Great Lakes wind power while Ontario stalls
Ottawa Citizen (9/14)
Canada is officially worried about offshore wind power stirring up sediments and contaminating our drinking water. The United States is evidently not so concerned.

Group opposing turbines appeals to federal environment minister
Kingston Whig-Standard (9/12)
The group fighting a proposed wind energy project on Amherst Island in Ontario has appealed to the federal environment minister to intervene in the case.

Great Lakes offshore wind farm has funding, but faces hurdles before construction
Great Lakes Echo (8/30)
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. plans to start building the first wind farm on the Great Lakes in the summer of 2018. But government officials, legal experts and opponents of the Lake Erie project say many hurdles remain before construction can begin.

Allegations of DEC bias on Galloo Island wind project receive mixed responses
Watertown Daily Times (8/27)
Accusations of bias toward the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation have brought sharp criticism, but local stakeholders supported DEC’s decision to continue participating in the administrative process for Apex Clean Energy’s New York Galloo Island Wind project.

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There are numerous opportunities to be had from the development of both onshore and offshore wind energy. In the Great Lakes region, planning and construction are moving forward at a breakneck speed. The eight-state Great Lakes region has a tremendous capacity for new wind development, especially offshore. According to estimates provided in the 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, the Great Lakes states would contribute 61,288 megawatts toward achieving the 20 percent scenario.

A primary benefit of using wind-generated electricity is its role in reducing the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere. Wind-generated electricity is produced without emitting CO2, the greenhouse gas (GHG) that is the major cause of global climate change. In addition, wind energy does not require the level of water resources consumed by many other kinds of power generation. As a result, it may offer communities in water-stressed areas the option of economically meeting growing energy needs without increasing demands on valuable water resources. While we generally do not think of the Great Lakes region as being water stressed, lake levels are dropping all around the basin and the impacts of climate change to those levels are still unknown. Wind energy can also provide targeted energy production to serve critical local water system needs such as irrigation and municipal systems. In addition, wind energy can bring much-needed economic development to our region.

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General Resources
Great Lakes Regional Wind Energy Institute
The Great Lakes Wind Energy Institute is a regional collaboration that provides the tools for Wind Working Groups to better equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to promote wind energy within their states.

Great Lakes Wind Collaborative
The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) is a group established to build consensus and identify and address issues affecting the planning, development, and operation of wind power facilities in the Great Lakes region.

Habitat Conservation: Wind Power
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Ecological Services
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stands ready to work with industry and other governmental agencies and stakeholders to facilitate wind energy project design, siting, and operation to avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts.

Wind Power and Wildlife
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
State fish and wildlife agencies are involved in different aspects of wind power development and to different degrees (e.g., consultation with developers, review of permits, cooperation with other states agencies and utility regulators).

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Energy
GLIN: Renewable Energy in the Great Lakes Region

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