The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council, a 29-member advisory body appointed by Governor Granholm to recommend policies related to offshore wind energy development in the state, is hosting a series of public meetings this spring to get input on its recommendations. The meetings will be held:
- Saginaw/Bay City on March 25
- Escanaba on April 14
- Muskegon on May 4
The council issued a report in September 2009 with criteria for identifying the least and most favorable areas for offshore wind energy development. For example, the most favorable areas must be at least six miles offshore and avoid shipping lanes, sensitive fish and wildlife habitats, etc. The five largest most favorable areas are located in southern Lake Michigan near Berrien County, northern Lake Michigan near Delta and Mackinac Counties, outer Saginaw Bay, and Lake Huron near Sanilac County. In addition, the council has provided input on a proposed legislative framework for the siting and regulation of offshore wind energy systems on the state’s Great Lakes bottomlands.
For more information on the meetings and the council’s recommendations, visit http://www.michiganglowcouncil.org/meetings.html.