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Wind farm a windfall to Lewis County communities
North Country Public Radio (5/15)
As the town of Cape Vincent weighs the pros and cons of a potential wind farm project, they look to neighboring Lewis County where a wind farm has simultaneously brought in millions of dollars in revenue and changed the landscape dramatically.
Illinois looks to Lake Michigan
A bill that lays the groundwork for offshore wind development in Lake Michigan has received preliminary approval in the Illinois state senate.
Senate panel backs Lake Michigan wind study
The News-Gazette (5/9)
In what was described as a first step toward developing wind energy in Lake Michigan, an Illinois Senate committee approved legislation authorizing a study to determine the best locations for wind projects in the lake.
Trade ruling may not hurt Ontario wind industry, says spokesman
Windsor Star (5/7)
A World Trade Organization ruling Monday that made-in-Ontario provisions in the province’s Green Energy Act contravene international guidelines may not be that damaging.
Muskegon's Andrie Inc. barge crew in Cleveland helping development of Great Lakes' first wind farm
Muskegon Chronicle (5/6)
The Andrie crew will be working in Lake Erie the next two weeks to test the Lake Erie bottom for potential deployment of wind turbines. The Cleveland wind farm would be the first on the Great Lakes.
GVSU wind buoy launched for third year of research on Lake Michigan northwest of Muskegon pierhead
Muskeon Chronicle (5/4)
The buoy will continue collecting wind speed and direction information at various heights above the Lake Michigan surface through early December depending on weather conditions.
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