Fish and Fisheries
Forests and Forestry
Agencies & Organizations
Jobs and Careers
Great Lakes Priorities
in the Great Lakes Region
What's New |
General Resources |
Energy: Biomass | Efficiency | Renewable | Wind
Euclid Council supports wind energy project
The News-Herald (12/3)
LEEDCo, a nonprofit organization focused on creating an offshore wind energy industry in Ohio, has been gaining support from Northeast Ohio communities for a new wind energy project.
Birds and wind turbines at a crossroads
The Beacon (12/3)
On the shores of Lake Erie, two of the most prominent natural resources - bald eagles and wind turbines - seem to be on the brink of colliding.
Michigan wind industry spins up power, success
WKBD-TV - Detroit, MI (11/4)
The meeting of the American Wind Energy Association held in East Lansing, Mich., was partly a celebration of success and partly an exploration of what’s next for wind power in Michigan.
Great Lakes ice shouldn't stop wind turbines but will increase costs, engineering professor says
Ice on Lake Michigan is apparently not a “show stopper” for those exploring wind turbine farms on the Great Lakes, concluded University of Michigan marine engineer Dale G. Karr based upon his work studying Great Lakes ice and its impact on wind turbine towers.
Great Lakes ice and wind turbine towers research the focus of U-M professor's talk
Scientists, technology developers and energy entrepreneurs continue to quietly explore the issue of ice on potential offshore wind turbines off the West Michigan coast of Lake Michigan.
Huron County wind turbines will double in number
Huron Daily Tribune (10/11)
The number of wind energy turbines in Huron County next summer is set to more than double in size from the 2012 totals, Jeff Smith, director of the Huron County Building and Zoning Office said Friday. “By sometime next year, we should have 328 wind turbines in Huron County” Smith said.
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.
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).
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Energy
GLIN: Renewable Energy in the Great Lakes Region