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Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, D-Mich., has signed Executive Order 2009-1, creating the Great Lakes Wind Council, an advisory body within the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth that will provide citizens with a public forum to begin to identify where in the Great Lakes wind energy systems may be prudently sited.

"The availability, consistency and velocity of wind in the Great Lakes make their waters uniquely attractive to wind energy developers seeking to build offshore wind energy systems - but we want to make sure we are prudent in this process of approval," says Granholm.

In addition to looking at ways to best engage the people of Michigan in a public dialogue about offshore wind so that statewide interests are considered, the council will identify criteria that can be used to review applications for offshore wind development. The council will also identify criteria for mapping areas that should be excluded from offshore wind development and those areas that are most favorable for such development, providing a full report to the governor by Sept. 1.

The following people have been appointed to the Great Lakes Wind Council: Adesoji O. Adelaja, director and founder of the Michigan State University Land Policy Institute; James P. Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council; Frank D. Ettawageshik, chair of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; Dennis L. Grinold, member of the Michigan Charter Boat Association; Curtis A. Hertel Sr., executive director of the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority; Thomas L. Hickner, Bay county executive; M. Jack Knowles III, vice president of Dietrich, Bailey and Associates P.C.; Steven E. Kurmas, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Detroit Edison; Marty G. Lagina, CEO of Heritage Sustainable Energy; James D. MacInnes, CEO and co-owner of Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa; John G. Russell, president and COO of Consumers Energy; Richard F. Vander Veen III, president of Mackinaw Power; and Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm



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