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What's New
U.S. DOE awards $3.7 million to Lake Erie wind turbine project
The Plain Dealer (5/19)
The U.S. Department of Energy is advancing another $3.7 million to continue engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie about seven to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

American company alleges Ontario invented pretexts to stop Great Lakes wind farms
National Post (5/12)
Canadian taxpayers are facing a $475-million free-trade claim from an American company that alleges the Ontario government invented scientific pretexts to stop wind farms in the Great Lakes.

COMMENTARY: Offshore wind is part of the clean energy future
The Buffalo News (5/5)
A commentator argues that to reach New York state's goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030, offshore wind must be part of the energy mix.

COMMENTARY: Ontario suspended offshore wind farms so it could do more science, then didn't do any for years
Ottawa Citizen (5/5)
In the five years since Ontario scrapped all its plans for wind farms on the Great Lakes because we needed more scientific research on them, the government went four years without commissioning any.

In Clayton, wind energy is a tough sell, even for environmentalists
North Country Public Radio (5/3)
Communities and environmental groups are divided over the idea of potential wind farms along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario in New York state.

Seneca Nation to break ground on $6M wind turbine project
WIVB-TV - Buffalo, NY (4/26)
Seneca Nation officials say a $6 million project will construct wind turbines on the nationís Cattaraugus Territory on Erie Road in Irving, N.Y.

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

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