CLOSUP Wind Project
The CLOSUP Wind Project aims to improve understanding of state and local policy issues related to utility-scale wind energy development. This project originated from three surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014-one of residents in the Great Lakes region, another of local officials in Michigan, and a third of farmland owners near four Michigan windfarms.
In 2016, CLOSUP received a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to investigate community attitudes about wind energy near Michigan's existing windfarms and then communicate lessons-learned to inform local wind development policies.
In 2019, the Michigan Energy Office within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) funded an expansion of this work, which aims to help Michigan communities plan for energy infrastructure more broadly. We will be creating templates and FAQs, and providing technical assistance—through in-person presentations, phone and email consultations, and webinars—to communities to help determine how to incorporate energy into their land use plans and ordinances.
- Michigan Planner: Wind Energy and Farmland Preservation (June 2018)
- Michigan Planner: Advice for Rural Communities and Planners about Wind Energy (June 2018)
- Fiscal Impacts of Wind Energy on Michigan’s Schools (July 2017)
- Views of Wind Development from Michigan's Windfarm Communities (February 2017)
- Survey questions used in this report
- The Impact of Wind Energy on Farming (January 2015)
- Survey questions used in this report
- Wind Power as a Community Issue in Michigan (July 2014)
- Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region: Current Issues and Public Opinion (April 2014)
- August 2018 - The Impact of Wind Energy on Rural Communities - North Central Climate Collaborative webinar with slides
- December 2017 - Is Wind Energy Right for your Community? – Webinar with narrated slides
Funding from the Michigan Energy Office allows CLOSUP researchers to provide technical assistance to communities across the state of Michigan on planning and zoning for energy infrastructure, tailoring presentations based on the interests of the community. Below is a sample of presentations. A full list of presentations is available as part of CLOSUP's Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative.
If your community has questions about planning and zoning for energy, contact Dr. Sarah Mills at 734-615-5315 or by email to email@example.com.
- May 2019 - What you always wanted to know about wind and solar farms - Bay City Garden Club
- April 2019 - Planning for Renewable Energy in Michigan Communities – Small Town & Rural Development Conference
- October 2018 – Is Wind Energy Right for your Township? – Sherwood Township Planning Commission
- September 2018 - The Power of the Wind, a Michigan Story - Michigan Association of Planning Annual Conference
- September 2018 – Understanding the Pros and Cons of Wind Energy – Casnovia Township Planning Commission
- November 2017 – Pros and Cons of Windfarms – Midland County Board of Commissioners
- October 2017 - Lessons Learned from Michigan’s Windfarms - Michigan Municipal Electric Association Annual Meeting
- September 2017 - What Windfarms Mean for Local Communities - Michigan Association of Counties Annual Conference
- September 2017 - Lessons from Michigan’s Windfarms - Michigan Association of Planning Annual Conference
- Links to zoning ordinances of Michigan townships with windfarms
- See U-M feature story on Sarah Mills' public engagement and impact regarding wind power in Michigan communities
- Reputable Sources of Information about Wind Energy, Michigan Association of Planning 2018 Annual Conference handout
Looking for More?
For more information on the CLOSUP Wind Project, contact Dr. Sarah Mills at 734-615-5315 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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