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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.



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.

For more information on the CLOSUP Wind Project, contact Dr. Sarah Mills at 734-615-5315 or by email to

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