Michigan Offshore Wind Council to Meet in Grand Rapids, Dearborn

The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council is holding its last two scheduled summer community meetings on July 20 in Grand Rapids and July 21 in Dearborn. 

This is an opportunity for people to tell the GLOW Council how important it is to develop siting standards that can help bring offshore wind and clean energy to Michigan's Great Lakes. 

The July 20 meeting is at the Eberhard Center on the campus of Grand Valley State University. The next day, another meeting is planned at the Fairlane Development Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Both meetings begin at 6 p.m. with an open house and run until 8:30 p.m. 

Topics to be discussed include recommended criteria to identify and map the least- and most-favorable areas for development of offshore wind energy in our Great Lakes.

The most-favorable areas would be at least six miles offshore and avoid shipping lanes, and sensitive fish and wildlife habitats. The recommendations also would establish a clear process in state law to review any siting applications for offshore wind energy projects on state-owned bottomlands.

If you can't make it, keep in touch with MLCV via our Facebook or Twitter page, and contact the GLOW Council to give your input.