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LEEDCo lands a third DOE grant to develop Lake Erie wind project
The Plain Dealer (11/16)
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., or LEEDCo, is in line for a $3.7 million research and development grant to study Lake Erie-based wind turbines, said U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Researcher says Michigan could get to 100% renewable energy by 2050
Michigan Radio (11/2)
A study by a Stanford University professor says every state in the U.S. could get 100% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2050. In Michigan, most of that power would come from the state's most abundant renewable resource: wind.

Universities collect improved Great Lakes wind data
Great Lake Echo (10/28)
The Technical University of Denmark teamed with Cornell University to create the Great Lake’s first full observational wind atlas – a way of collecting data on wind patterns for electricity generation.

Wind turbine debate divides Orleans County town
TWC News - Buffalo, NY (9/16)
The winds of change are stirring up debate in the lakeside town of Yates, N.Y. The proposed Lighthouse Wind energy project is dividing residents, and the impact is being felt at the ballot box.

New atlas could help wind energy sweep across Great Lakes
PhysOrg.com (9/9)
By compiling meteorological wind data derived from several sources, scientists have assembled the first full observational wind atlas of the Great Lakes, which bolsters the chances for developing wind energy in the region.

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.

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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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