The CLOSUP Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative 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 continue this work. Through this grant, the Center is investigating community attitudes about wind energy near Michigan's existing windfarms and then communicating lessons-learned to inform local wind development policies.
See below for links to CLOSUP Wind Project resources.
- Views of Wind Development from Michigan's Windfarm Communities (February 2017)
- The Impact of Wind Energy on Farming (January 2015)
- 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)
The C.S. Mott Foundation funding allows CLOSUP researchers to travel free-of-charge to participate in community meetings (e.g., township/county board meetings, planning commission meetings, etc.) throughout the state of Michigan. CLOSUP researchers can give formal presentations of our research findings as well as help communities think through local policies and practices to ensure that any future wind development respects the community's values.
- April 2017 - Is Wind Energy Right for your Township? - Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference
- May 2017 - Perceived Impacts of Michigan's Windfarms - MTA Shiawassee County Chapter
- May 2017 - Local Impacts of Michigan's Windfarms - International Right of Way Association Chapter 7 Meeting
For more information on the CLOSUP Wind Project, contact Dr. Sarah Mills at 734-615-5315 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative Resources
- See the EEPI home page
- See the NSEE (Surveys) home page
- See the Fracking Project
- See the Wind Project