Great Lakes Ban on Offshore Wind Development Opposed
State Republican Reps. from districts in northern Michigan, introduced legislation banning research in or production of wind energy in the Great Lakes sharing a border with Michigan.
The measure would prohibit the leasing for the placement, construction, operation or maintenance of any structure to research wind energy development, any wind turbine, or any equipment or structure related to a wind turbine, reports UPI.
According to UI, Policy Director for the Michigan Environmental Council James Clift told Michigan Public Radio he considered it was too soon to limit offshore wind.
UPI cite a 2010 report from the Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council that informed 35 percent of Michigan's Great Lakes are considered favorable for wind energy development.