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 investigate community attitudes about wind energy near Michigan's existing windfarms and then communicate lessons-learned to inform local wind development policies.
In the future, the Center plans to expand this work beyond Michigan to see how state and local policies and wind development practices in other states are impacting attitudes about wind development.
- 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
- September 2018 - The Power of the Wind, a Michigan Story - Michigan Association of Planning Annual Conference
- 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
- May 2017 - Local Impacts of Michigan's Windfarms - International Right of Way Association Chapter 7 Meeting
- April 2017 - Is Wind Energy Right for your Township? - Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference
The C.S. Mott Foundation funding allowed CLOSUP researchers to travel to participate in community meetings throughout the state of Michigan, with tailored presentations based on the interests of the community. Below is a sample of some of those presentations. A full list of presentations is available as part of CLOSUP's Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative.
- October 2018 – Is Wind Energy Right for your Township? – Sherwood Township Planning Commission
- 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
- September 2017 – Is Wind Energy Right for your Township? – Greenwood Township Planning Commission
- August 2017 – Research from Michigan’s Windfarms – Shiawassee County Planning Commission
- August 2017 – Pros and Cons of Wind Turbines – Gibson Township Board
- May 2017 - Perceived Impacts of Michigan's Windfarms - MTA Shiawassee County Chapter
- 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
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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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