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Reports from 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 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.


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

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