Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council Announces Spring 2010 Meetings in Saginaw, Escanaba, and Muskegon
Opportunity for public to learn about the council's work and provide input on recommendations related to offshore wind energy policies in Michigan
MARCH 8, 2010 - The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council, an advisory body appointed by Governor Granholm, is hosting three meetings in coastal communities to share information on its recommendations for offshore wind energy and to get input from the public.
LOCATIONS: March 25, 2010 - Saginaw
Saginaw Valley State University
Curtis Hall, 2nd
Floor 7400 Bay Road
April 14, 2010 - Escanaba
4989 Danforth Road
May 4, 2010 - Muskegon
Location to be determined
TIME: All meetings begin with an open house starting 6:00 PM. Presentations begin at 7:00
PM, followed by opportunities for discussion and input by participants. Meetings end
at 9:00 PM.
DETAILS: In its September 2009 report, the council recommended criteria for identifying the least
favorable and most favorable areas for development of offshore wind energy in the
state's Great Lakes. For example, the most favorable areas are 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. The council has also proposed a regulatory framework
to establish a clear process in state law for leasing the necessary state-owned bottomlands.
The council is now seeking input from the public on its recommendations by hosting the
three meetings. The meetings will not address the merits of specific development proposals
for offshore wind projects. For more information, including a copy of the council's report
and meeting materials, visit: www.michiganglowcouncil.org.
CONTACT: DELEG Office of Communications 517-373-9280