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Study calls for 18-km turbine setback
The London Free Press (8/15)
In the wake of the release of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service migratory bird study, the American Bird Conservancy is calling for an 18 km buffer around the Great Lakes for wind farms.
Former DEC biologist claims departmentís bias in wind projects
Watertown Daily Times (8/15)
A former New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation employee says conflicts of interest plague the state ís review of a proposed wind project.
Lighthouse Wind releases Avian and Bat Study Plan
The Daily News (8/9)
Lighthouse Wind submitted its Avian and Bat Study Plan, detailing the study planís science methodology, for its wind project on the state Department of Public Service website.
Energy company seeking to sign up landowners for possible 10,000-acre wind farm
Harbor Country News (7/31)
Nearly three dozen landowners met to learn more about a new multi-million dollar wind farm project with 600-foot-high wind turbines could be coming to southern Berrien County, Mich.
Winds of discontent blow over Lake Ontario towns eyed for turbines
The Buffalo News (7/30)
The 71 wind turbines proposed near Lake Ontario, in New York, would be taller than the Washington Monument. They would be the tallest in the nation, so they would be hard to miss. But local residents see the prospect of turbines differently.
Could giant suction cups turn Lake Erie into a regional energy hub?
Pacific Standard (7/25)
The Icebreaker project will use suction cups to mount huge wind turbines to the bottom of Lake Erie.
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