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What's New
State judges divide up money for fighting wind project
The Buffalo News (1/21)
A panel of three state administrative law judges allotted funding to the opponents of the Apex Clean Energy wind power project proposed for the towns of Somerset and Yates, N.Y.

Plans set for county turbine count to surge
Huron Daily Tribune (1/15)
Developers this year plan to build nearly 150 wind turbines in Huron County, Michiganís unofficial wind energy capital, boosting the county's total turbine count to about 475.

COMMENTARY: Wind turbines will blight Lake Ontario shoreline
The Buffalo News (1/8)
Plans are afoot to blight the pristine skyline of Lake Ontarioís shores. Apex Clean Energy wants to install 70 industrial wind turbines in the rural towns of Somerset and Yates.

Opponents of proposed Lake Ontario shoreline wind turbines gain unusual allies
WBFO - Buffalo, NY (1/7)
A plan to install up to 70 giant wind turbines in two neighboring communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline has strong opposition from many in those communities. They've gained allies from an unusual source: three retired Air Force colonels.

EDITORIAL: Lake Erie wind farm could blow away last vestiges of Cleveland Rust Belt rep
The Plain Dealer (12/15)
The $120 million pilot wind farm project in Lake Erie just eight to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, will help the city become a center of innovative alternative energy.

COMMENTARY: Lake Erie windmills a good thing?
Sandusky Register (0/0)
If Lake Erie boaters and fishermen do not forcefully speak up to ask that ODNR and other agencies deny the required permits, expect construction to begin on the demonstration units as soon as 2017.

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Overview
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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