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Michigan has the potential to become a big player in offshore wind energy, according to a new report released by the Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University. The preliminary analysis finds that Michigan's portion of the Great Lakes has the capacity to produce 321,936 MW of electricity from wind energy, a portion of which could be developed once depth, technology, view and environmental concerns are considered. The state's onshore wind potential was previously estimated at approximately 16,500 MW.

"This result has the potential to elevate Michigan's wind energy profile nationally and internationally because the resource available is significant," says Soji Adelaja, John A. Hannah, distinguished professor in land policy and director of the LPI. "Michigan is one of few states with the opportunity to generate wind power from its offshore areas."

The report, titled "Michigan's Offshore Wind Potential," prepared by the Institute's Hannah Professor Research Program, incorporates data released in 2008 by AWS Truewind on Great Lakes wind resources with data on turbine spacing, potential turbine power generating capacity, and depth and shoreline distance scenarios. It also provides information on wind turbine build-out scenarios based on these parameters.

The report is intended to inform policy in the state about Michigan's additional wind power potential offshore and the need for state policies to guide offshore wind development.

For more information, visit landpolicy.msu.edu.

SOURCE: Michigan State University Land Policy Institute

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