A watershed moment: Monitoring wind on Lake Michigan.

Date: May 30, 2012

By Scott Kaplan, May 30th, 2012.
Article originally published on therapidian.org

On this week’s episode we hear from Dr. Erik Nordman, Professor of Natural Resource Management at Grand Valley State University and West Michigan Environmental Action Council Board President as he talks about a new wind monitoring buoy that will be deployed in Lake Michigan to study wind conditions, water quality, and the potential for an off-shore wind farm.

Until recently, Nordman served as principal investigator for GVSU’s West Michigan Wind Assessment  where he and his team analyzed the benefits and challenges to developing wind energy infrastructure in and around Lake Michigan.

Renewable energy is a growing sector in Michigan. Last year $78.6 million were invested in renewable energy in the state, a large chunk of which went to wind energy projects. Some of those investments came as a result of state legislation passed in 2008 requiring energy providers in the state to generate 10 percent of their retail electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2015. According to Nordman, over 90 percent of that 10 percent energy gap will come from wind.

 

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