The CLOSUP Wind Project aims to improve understanding of state and local policy issues related to utility-scale wind energy development. This project originated as part of Sarah Mills' dissertation research, and is based currently on 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, Sarah received a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to continue this work. Through this grant, the project is investigating community attitudes about wind energy near Michigan's existing windfarms and then communicating lessons-learned to inform local wind development policies.
Wind Energy and Farmland Preservation
Advice for Rural Communities and Planners about Wind Energy
Fiscal Impacts of Wind Energy on Michigan’s Schools
Views of Wind Development from Michigan's Windfarm Communities
Farming the Wind: The Impact of Wind Energy on Farming
Wind Power as a Community Issue in Michigan
Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region: Current Issues and Public Opinion