Opportunity for the Public to Learn About the Councilís Work and Provide Input on Recommendations Related to Offshore Wind Energy Development

July 16, 2010

Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council Announces Community Meeting at UM-Dearborn


The Michigan Great Lakes Wind (GLOW) Council, an advisory body appointed by Governor Granholm to make recommendations related to offshore wind energy development

The council is hosting two community meetings in southern Michigan to share information on the councilís recent offshore wind energy development recommendations and to take input from the public     


July 20, 2010 Ė Eberhard Center, GVSU, Downtown Riverfront, Grand Rapids
301 West Fulton Street www.gvsu.edu/meetatgvsu/

July 21, 2010 Ė Fairlane Center, UM Dearborn Campus
19000 Hubbard Drive www.umd.umich.edu/maps_directions/  

Both meetings begin with an open house and poster session at 6:00 p.m. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.  


In a September 2009 report, the council recommended criteria for identifying the least and most favorable areas for development of offshore wind energy in the stateís Great Lakes.  Its upcoming report will identify 5 priority wind resource areas. These shallow areas are at least six miles offshore and include buffers for shipping lanes, sensitive habitats, etc.  In March 2010, the council proposed a legislative framework to establish a clear process for leasing developable state-owned bottomlands. The council is seeking further public input on its recommendations. For more information, including a copy of the councilís report, visit the councilís website at www.michiganglowcouncil.org


Michael Klepinger, GLOW Council Staff Director, 517-676-9858