Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Offshore Wind Farms May Soon Dot Great Lakes Waters

Touting wind energy as having the “potential to create American jobs and reduce pollution in our communities,” White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced that the Obama administration and five of the Great Lakes states have agreed to accelerate the regulatory review process for offshore wind farms in the waters of the Great Lakes. “The goal is to cut through red tape so we can efficiently and responsibly evaluate offshore wind projects,” she said.

As of today, there are no offshore wind turbines in any of the Great Lakes. Opponents cite threats to scenic vistas, birds, fish, and shoreline property values, while supporters point out the potential generation of 700 gigawatts, or one fifth of the entire national potential for wind power from the long, uninterrupted stretches of Great Lakes offshore wind potential. So far, no one has mentioned the possible impacts on lake navigation as either a positive or negative influence on decision making.

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