White House Investigates Offshore Wind Power in the Great Lakes

Last month, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a workshop with the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative in Chicago.  The workshop focused on the siting of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes.  The two day workshop brought together wind developers, Federal and state regulators, environmental advocates, and other regional stakeholders to discuss methods for ensuring greater clarity, certainty and coordination of Federal and state decision-making for offshore wind development in the Great Lakes.

“President Obama has made an unprecedented commitment to renewable energy development in the United States.  Increasing our wind power generation is a critical component to building greater energy independence and creating jobs here at home,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.  “We must improve and increase the lines of communication to bring wind development in the Great Lakes closer to fruition.”

The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative is a multi-sector coalition of wind energy stakeholders working to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the binational Great Lakes region.  For more information, please visit the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative website.

Wind is one of many possible sources of renewable energy that are examined in several Roosevelt courses, including SUST 210 The Sustainable Future (offered by Professor Carl Zimring at Roosevelt’s downtown campus this fall, and by Professor Mike Bryson at Roosevelt’s Schaumburg campus in Spring 2011), and SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change.  For more information on these or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.

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