Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council

Community Outreach Meetings

Spring & Summer 2010

The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council hosted a series of meetings to get input from the public on its recommendations related to offshore wind energy development.   

  • March 25: Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw
  • April 14: Danforth Place, Escanaba
  • May 4: Muskegon Community College, Muskegon
  • July 20: Eberhard Center, GVSU, Grand Rapids  (www.gvsu.edu/meetatgvsu/)
  • July 21: Fairlane Development Center, UM Dearborn Campus, Dearborn (www.umd.umich.edu/maps_directions/)

Meeting Topics

Information was presented on the council’s work and its recommendations, followed by interactive sessions for the public to provide input to the council regarding its recommendations (see recommendations under Meeting Materials Available for Download below). Information and discussion was focused on:

  • Emerging offshore wind energy trends and the impetus for creation of the council.
  • Criteria recommended by the council to identify and map the least and most favorable areas for development of offshore wind energy in the state’s Great Lakes. For example, the most favorable areas must be at least six miles offshore and avoid shipping lanes, sensitive fish and wildlife habitats, etc.
  • Elements of a proposed regulatory framework to establish a clear process in state law to review any siting applications for offshore wind energy projects on state-owned bottomlands.

Meeting Materials Available for Download

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