Opportunity for the Public to Learn About the Council’s 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

WHO:        

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

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

WHEN/WHERE:        

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

Wednesday
July 21, 2010 – 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.  

DETAILS:     

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 state’s 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 council’s report, visit the council’s website at www.michiganglowcouncil.org

CALL:            

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

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