West Michigan Wind Assessment

Project Documents

Project Fact Sheet

A one-page synopsis of the project.

Wind Power West Michigan - July 2009 (updated March 2010) (Adobe PDF 0.2 MB)

Status and Trends Report

A synthesis report documenting the state of wind energy development in West Michigan and trends shaping the region’s renewable energy future.

Status and Trends Fact Sheet - March 2010 (Adobe PDF 1.0 MB)

Status and Trends Report - November 2009 (Adobe PDF 1.3 MB)

Issue Briefs

Wind Energy Economics: Production Costs and Additional Impacts

The sixth issue brief is the second of a two part brief looking at wind energy economics.  This brief looks at wind energy production costs and additional impacts.

Wind Energy Economics: Part 2 Issue Brief 6  - April 2013 (Adobe PDF 961 Kb)

Wind Energy Economics: Potential Economic Development in West Michigan

The fifth issue brief is the first of a two part brief looking at wind energy economics.  This brief looks at wind energy and its potential economic development in West Michigan.

Wind Energy Economics: Part 1 Issue Brief 5  - April 2013 (Adobe PDF 1.63 MB)

Citizen Views on Offshore Wind: Benefits, Challenges, and Information Gaps

The fourth issue brief from the West Michigan Wind Assessment describes a Delphi Inquiry on offshore wind energy development in Lake Michigan. The Delphi Inquiry is a form a facilitated group discussion around on complex topic. Citizens from five coastal counties participated in the Delphi. The participants agreed on a variety of challenges that offshore wind would have to address before it would become acceptable. The participants came to little agreement on what benefits offshore wind energy might bring to coastal communities.

Issue Brief 4; Citizen Views on Offshore Wind - September 2011 (Adobe PDF 1.2 MB)

Offshore Wind Energy: Public Perspectives & Policy Considerations

This is the third issue brief in a series of issue brief. This brief summarizes uses peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports about offshore wind developments to examine the social issues related to offshore wind. This includes public acceptance, visibility, noise and tourism. The final section reviews wind policy and regulatory issues in Michigan.

Offshore Wind Energy: Part 1 Issue Brief - May 2011 (Adobe PDF 1.21 MB)

Wind Power and Human Health: Flicker, Noise, and Air Quality

The second of a series of wind energy issue briefs synthesizes the state of the science around wind energy siting issues like flicker and noise, and analyzes how West Michigan communities are addressing these challenges. The issue brief also assesses how wind energy could improve air quality and human health outcomes in West Michigan and the region.

Wind Power and Human Health Issue Brief - August 2010 (Adobe PDF 730 Kb)

Wind Energy Deployment: Global Lessons for West Michigan

This first of series of issue briefs summarizes the factors that have influenced wind energy deployment across the country and around the world. It also brings the lessons home to West Michigan's coastal zone.

Wind Energy Deployment Issue Brief - May 2010 (Adobe PDF 935 Kb)


The terms in this glossary are organized into three sections: (1) Electricity Transmission Network; (2) Wind Turbine Components; and (3) Wind Energy Challenges, Issues and Solutions.

Wind Energy Glossary: Technical Terms and Concepts - June 2010 (Adobe PDF 2.4 MB)

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