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E-M:/ FARM BUREAU AND MICHIGAN CITIZEN PLANNER TO HOST NINE WIND ENERGY SITING & POLICY WORKSHOPS FOR MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES



 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 16, 2008                    

 

CONTACT: Catharine Hansford

517.432.8800 Ext. 111

                                                                                               

FARM BUREAU AND MICHIGAN CITIZEN PLANNER TO HOST NINE WIND ENERGY SITING & POLICY WORKSHOPS FOR MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES

 

East Lansing, MI—With Michigan’s growth in wind energy dependent on community adoption of the necessary wind siting laws, Michigan Citizen Planner is offering a “What You Need to Know about Wind Energy Siting and Policy Issues” workshop at nine locations throughout Michigan during December 2008. Sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan State University Extension, the 3½-hour workshops will provide planning and zoning officials, local leaders, concerned citizens, farmers and landowners interested in wind the tools and resources necessary to create and implement a strategic plan for wind energy development in their communities.

 

In response to Governor Granholm signing into law an energy package ensuring that a portion of Michigan’s future energy needs are met through renewable resources, wind power companies are prospecting for new sites in communities to locate wind turbines.

 

“Renewable energy, including wind power, is, perhaps, the key issue to watch in land use in the next decade,” said Dr. Soji Adelaja, John A. Hannah Professor in Land Policy and director of the Land Policy Institute. “How we accommodate and site wind and solar parks and implement home grown energy will have a significant impact on our economy and quality of life in Michigan.”

 

Michigan Citizen Planner, a Michigan State University Extension program within the Land Policy Institute, is working to assist communities in taking advantage of this plentiful renewable energy resource in Michigan and encourages all Michigan communities to avoid public discord and uncertainty by proactively adopting planning policies and regulations before they receive an energy facility siting application. The Wind Siting and Policy Issues workshops will cover an array of related issues, including:

  • Current status of wind energy development in Michigan
  • Important policy guidelines and new legislation
  • Siting and zoning guidelines for wind power development
  • Key steps to develop and implement local zoning regulations
  • Essential resources, model codes and Michigan examples

 

Visit “What You Need to Know about Wind Energy Siting and Policy Issues” for workshop locations and dates or to register.

 

The MSU Land Policy Institute focuses on research and outreach related to land use and strategic growth in the New Economy. The Institute delivers innovative solutions, transitioning knowledge from land use experts to the community. The Land Policy Institute was founded in 2006.

 

Visit these links for more on wind energy in Michigan:

http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=41

http://www.emdc.msue.msu.edu/Bulletin/PDF/WO1053.pdf

http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=News&op=viewlive&sp_id=71

http://www.landpolicy.msu.edu/modules.php?name=Pages&sp_id=343

http://web1.msue.msu.edu/wind/

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Heidi Charron

Communications & Information Associate

Land Policy Institute

304 Manly Miles Building

1405 S. Harrison Road

East Lansing, MI 48823

517-432-8800 x 109

charron@landpolicy.msu.edu