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  Wind Energy
in the Great Lakes Region

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What's New
LEEDCo begins taking core samples of Lake Erie bottom
The Plain Dealer (8/27)
A pilot project to determine whether wind turbines can be built in Lake Erie and survive its icy winter wrath takes a major step forward over the next ten days as core samples will be taken from the proposed sites to have a detailed analysis of the Lake's bottom.

Duluth Port celebrates key role in wind energy supply chain
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (8/27)
The Port of Duluth, Minn., is playing a key role on the renewable energy supply chain as crews handle all the cargo for a new 43-turbine wind farm that Allete Clean Energy is building in North Dakota.

Amherst Island wind project approved
Kingston Whig-Standard (8/24)
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced that a controversial wind energy project for Amherst Island has received approval, with more than two dozen conditions.

Wind energy company says Ontario government hid, destroyed document
Kingston Whig-Standard (6/5)
A wind energy company looking to build in Lake Ontario near Kingston claims Ontario government officials allegedly destroyed or hid documents related to its $500 million lawsuit.

Lake Erie wind turbines would cost less with new European invention
cleveland.com (6/2)
The foundation system has been getting a lot of attention in Europe because its design saves money and time and is thought to be less environmentally disruptive.

Group faults effort to spare birdlife from wind turbines
Waterbury Republic American (5/20)
An advocacy group says the government's voluntary approach is allowing too many wind farms to be built or planned for construction in important nesting areas and flight paths across large sections of the nation.

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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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