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CLOSUP Fracking Project

Webinar: Is Wind Energy Right for Your Community? Lessons from Michigan's Windfarms

In this webinar, researchers from UM will share the results of Michigan landowner surveys to paint an unbiased picture of the pros and cons of wind energy. The webinar will also give local leaders some practical advice to help them think through whether or not wind energy is right for their community, as well as resources to translate those views into local ordinances.

The University of Michigan's CLOSUP Wind Project has conducted multiple surveys to better understand local policy issues related to wind energy development in the state. These surveys seek to learn more about the perceived pros and cons of wind energy, and document the impacts that windfarms have had on Michigan communities. This includes perceptions of noise and human health effects, as well as impacts on farm income, and township and county property tax revenues. A recent grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation has allowed us to expand this research and better communicate the results directly with local communities.


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