New Report Details Michigan’s offshore wind potential

Posted on October 2, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


From a media release issued by the Land Policy Institute of Michigan State University:

East Lansing, MI-Michigan has the potential to become a big player in offshore wind energy, so says a new report released by the Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University (MSU). The preliminary analysis finds that Michigan’s portion of the Great Lakes has the capacity to produce 321,936 Megawatts of electricity from wind energy, a portion of which could be developed once depth, technology, view and environmental concerns are considered. Michigan’s onshore wind potential was previously estimated at approximately 16,500 megawatts. The information provided by the new LPI report shows much more substantial opportunities for offshore wind energy.

“This result has the potential to elevate Michigan’s wind energy profile nationally and internationally because the resource available is significant,” said Dr Soji Adelaja, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor and director of the Land Policy Institute. “Michigan is one of few states with the opportunity to generate wind power from its offshore areas.”

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