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  Wind Energy
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What's New
Department of Energy finalizing $2.8 million award for Lake Erie wind farm
The Plain Dealer (10/9)
The U.S. Department of Energy is finalizing details of a $2.8 million award that will help an Ohio nonprofit organization construct a wind farm on Lake Erie about seven miles northwest of Cleveland.

Michigan bill would repeal renewable energy standards
Great Lakes Echo (10/9)
Despite strong public support for renewable energy expansion in Michigan, three state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would repeal Michiganís 10 percent renewable energy standard.

Court asked to stop construction of huge Ontario wind farm
The Globe and Mail (9/21)
The first court phase of a legal fight aimed at scuttling what would be one of Ontarioís largest wind-energy developments kicks off Monday with a farm family trying to force an immediate stop to its construction.

Environmental group calling for construction of 'far-offshore wind farms in Ontario
The London Free Press (9/11)
Ontario will miss a huge opportunity to create jobs and protect the environment if it doesnít embrace building wind farms in the Great Lakes, an environmental group is arguing.

Researching offshore wind developments
BlackburnNews.com (9/10)
Ontario is conducting two studies to monitor the noise impacts and decommissioning requirements of offshore wind turbine developments. In 2011, the province announced it would not be moving forward with any proposals for wind turbines in any of the Great Lakes.

Toronto court to decide fate of Lake Ontario wind farm
CBC News (8/25)
The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, a group fighting a controversial wind farm development south of Picton, Ontario, says its final appeal will be heard in December.

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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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