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  Wind Energy
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What's New
New York court leaves turbine project dangling in the wind
Great Lakes Echo (4/16)
An appeals court has refused to order a local government to extend a special use permit for a proposed multimillion-dollar 29-turbine wind farm in Western New York.

Lake Erie wind farm planners make final pitch for federal funding
Idea Stream (4/7)
On Tuesday, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation will make a high-stakes presentation in Washington, D.C., to the U.S. Department of Energy for major funding for a wind farm.

Ludington wind farm sparks legal, zoning fights
The Detroit News (3/21)
In the 15 months since the Lake Winds Energy Park came online, the relationship between operator Consumers Energy and residents around Ludington, Mich., has become less idyllic and more contentious.

Proposed Lake Erie wind farm catches a new breeze, secures key green support: The Mix
Cleveland (3/19)
The first wind farm on the Great Lakes by Lake Erie has won the endorsement of leading environmental groups.

Wind farm plans continue despite First Nation territory dispute
CBC News (3/4)
Hearings begin this week on the environmental impact of a wind farm proposed for the shores of Lake Superior — but what won't be discussed in those hearings is the dispute between two First Nations as to whose territory the wind is blowing through.

Ohio wind turbine shutdown raises issue of migratory bird safety
Great Lakes Echo (3/4)
Officials at the Camp Perry National Guard base in northern Ohio recently announced that they will indefinitely suspend plans to build a wind turbine after receiving complaints that it would threaten local migratory birds.

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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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