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The Wind Energy Resource Zone Board has issued its proposed report, which has identified the four regions in Michigan with the highest level of wind energy harvest potential. The proposed report, which looked only at commercial or utility-scale wind energy on land, was submitted to local units of government in the affected areas for their comments.

The four regions identified in the report are all in the Lower Peninsula, one in the Thumb and three along the western side of the state. Region 1 includes parts of Allegan County; Region 2 includes parts of Antrim and Charlevoix counties; Region 3 includes parts of Benzie, Leelanau and Manistee counties; and Region 4 includes parts of Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Bay and Saginaw counties.

"The regions were selected based on the board's findings related to the wind resources, land availability and energy production potential compared to other areas of the state," says David Walters, chairman of the board.

The report notes that the transition to increased wind energy development in Michigan will depend on a number of factors, such as state and federal policies and incentives, community acceptance, wind resources, land availability and economic considerations.

Another factor that may affect the scope and pace of wind energy development will be the ability of the electric transmission system to support the delivery of such power to customers.

Local units of government in the affected areas have until 3 p.m. on Aug. 4 to submit their comments on the proposed report. After the end of the comment period for local governments, the board will hold two public hearings.

For more information, visit michigan.gov.

SOURCE: The Wind Energy Resource Zone Board



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