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Union Township unsure of what to do with broken wind turbine

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Unsure of what to do with its broken turbine, Union Township officials have tabled making a decision until the township consults with Central Michigan University.

The north Skystream, a $16,634 grant-funded wind turbine installed for research purposes, no longer works, and the city is not sure why.

Though the township discussed a few options at its Wednesday night meeting, a decision was tabled until township officials could discuss those options with Tom Rohrer, CMU professor and director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems. more...



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Michigan bill blocks lake farms

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A handful of Michigan lawmakers have proposed legislation to block offshore wind projects in Lake Michigan.

House Bill 4778 would prevent the state from entering into a lease or deed to site and build any offshore wind research structures or any wind turbines on submerged lands.

It also blocks leasing of sub-lake land for transmission lines.

Two northern Michigan representatives, Ray Franz and Greg MacMaster, co-sponsored the legislation. Four other legislators signed their names to the proposal.  more...



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Michigan bill blocks lake farms

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A handful of Michigan lawmakers have proposed legislation to block offshore wind projects in Lake Michigan.

House Bill 4778 would prevent the state from entering into a lease or deed to site and build any offshore wind research structures or any wind turbines on submerged lands.

It also blocks leasing of sub-lake land for transmission lines.

Two northern Michigan representatives, Ray Franz and Greg MacMaster, co-sponsored the legislation. Four other legislators signed their names to the proposal.  more...



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Legislators seek offshore wind power restrictions

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Two northern Michigan legislators are pursuing significant restrictions on offshore wind power in Michigan and have drawn criticism from those who view wind energy generation as a source for new jobs on the state’s horizon.

Reps. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, and Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, co-sponsored House Bill No. 4778 this week. The bill would prevent Michigan from entering into a lease or deed for the siting, placement or construction of a wind turbine on Michigan’s unpatented or submerged lands. The legislation also would prevent leasing similar lands for an electric transmission line — a critical component for offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes.  more...



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Muskegon's Andrie Inc. barge crew in Cleveland helping development of Great Lakes' first wind farm (video)

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Through work with the Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, Muskegon-based Andrie Inc. has made inroads into the wind energy industry.

 Those connections to Great Lakes wind farm developers have landed Andrie’s Specialized Division a unique opportunity in Lake Erie off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio. The Andrie tugboat Meredith Ashton and the company’s 90-by-50-foot jack-up barge made their way to Cleveland, Ohio, to assist in lake bottom sediment testing last week.  more...


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It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat

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ClarkSail reporter Willy Clark recently got his first shot at iceboating when he followed the New England Ice Yachting Association to Squam Lake, New Hampshire for the 2013 Doc Fellows regatta. After a day spent watch the runners go by one thing is clear – it takes a special type to be an iceboater. Below are some of Willy’s thoughts on the matter.

have seen iceboats race a number of times before, but I never really thought much about it until my cousin and close sailing buddy Oliver Moore got hooked into the NEIYA a few winters back. I knew that they were absurdly fast, and I obviously thought they were extremely cool and exciting. However I must admit that I never really thought much about iceboating. This is the way it is for a lot of “soft water” sailors; they are aware of iceboating and that it’s very special in its own way. But that is about the extent of it, and after a day spent in and around the things I think I can explain why – it isn’t really like sailing.  more...


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It Takes a Special Type to Iceboat

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DSC00103ClarkSail reporter Willy Clark recently got his first shot at iceboating when he followed the New England Ice Yachting Association to Squam Lake, New Hampshire for the 2013 Doc Fellows regatta. After a day spent watch the runners go by one thing is clear – it takes a special type to be an iceboater. Below are some of Willy’s thoughts on the matter.

I have seen iceboats race a number of times before, but I never really thought much about it until my cousin and close sailing buddy Oliver Moore got hooked into the NEIYA a few winters back. I knew that they were absurdly fast, and I obviously thought they were extremely cool and exciting. However I must admit that I never really thought much about iceboating. This is the way it is for a lot of “soft water” sailors; they are aware of iceboating and that it’s very special in its own way. But that is about the extent of it, and after a day spent in and around the things I think I can explain why – it isn’t really like sailing. More...



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Lake Erie's wind project needs Ohio's help with permits

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The company planning to place wind turbines in Lake Erie is gearing up to meet a deadline for federal funds to help pay for the project.

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, or LEEDCo, today named former NorTech energy consultant David Karpinski vice president of operations.

Karpinski says LEEDCo has one year to complete engineering designs and get the state permits to qualify for a nearly $50 million federal grant.  He says part of his job is to make sure regulators in Columbus are on board with the project.  more...



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Offshore Wind: Enormous Potential, Huge Challenges

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Last month I visited the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA, just outside of Boston.  With me were executives from American Superconductor (AMSC) and Blade Dynamics (BD).  They were in Charlestown to observe the testing process of a new blade design that BD is working to commercialize.  As we watched the blade  being bent back and forth – we saw perhaps a few thousand of the two million movements the blade would undergo this month – these two execs gave me a good insight into the continually developing world of windpower and some of the trends we should expect to see in the near future. more...


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Wind Power at the Port of Milwaukee Pays Dividends

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The wind turbine that towers above the headquarters building of the Port of Milwaukee is more than a symbol of Milwaukee's leadership in the transportation of wind energy components or the Port's commitment to clean energy and protecting the environment.  The working wind turbine at the Port is paying dividends to city taxpayers as it produces significantly more electricity than the administration building requires.  The surplus electricity is sold for use by other utility customers.  more...


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Environmental group says Jacque 'misinterpreted' Shirley Wind study

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An environmental group that studied noise produced by wind turbines dismissed a state representative’s claim that “dangerous levels” of low-frequency noise were found at Shirley Wind Farm, and said he “misinterpreted” the study’s findings.
 
Clean Wisconsin, the group that conducted the study and advocates for clean energy, said Rep. Andre Jacque’s statement, which called for the Public Service Commission to suspend permitting for wind projects, was premature.   more...


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U.S. Department of Energy to fund Lake Erie offshore wind farms

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Lake Erie is among seven locations nationwide to receive new offshore wind investments from the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
The department recently announced $168 million for different projects to demonstrate technological development, reduce costs of wind energy, and ultimately add jobs.
 
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., a public-private partnership, could receive up to $47 million to install nine 3-megawatt wind turbines seven miles off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio.  more...


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GVSU Lake Michigan wind buoy collecting data for potential offshore wind farm developments

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Lake Michigan wind buoyAs a public controversy and a viable alternative energy source, Lake Michigan offshore wind farms have disappeared from West Michigan radar screens.

But the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center continues to directly study the wind patterns in the middle of Lake Michigan, gathering a tremendous volume of data for future scientists and wind energy developers.

The bottom line of the initial GVSU research data: There is plenty of wind in the middle of Lake Michigan for commercial wind energy production. The steady and consistent winds are closer to the surface of the water than expected.  more...



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Documents tell of wind farm plan's demise

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ALBANY — When the New York Power Authority deflated plans last fall for the Great Lakes' first offshore wind farm, it justified pulling the plug by highballing the price tag.

But confidential NYPA documents obtained by the Times Union reveal that figure — $100 million annually for 20 years — to be double what the authority privately expected it would cost.

But if it wasn't about the money, why did the project, initially touted as a pioneering bid to harvest steady lake winds for electrical power, get shut down?  more...



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