The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a workshop with the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative in Chicago that focused on the siting of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes.
The 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.
‘The country's vast offshore wind resources have the potential to dramatically reduce America's dependence on fossil fuels, make us more economically competitive and support new manufacturing jobs in the U.S.,’ says Energy Secretary Steven Chu. ‘By working collaboratively with private industry and our state and federal partners, we can help to accelerate and support the development of wind energy in the Great Lakes.’
The workshop offered participants an opportunity to learn more about the role of various federal agencies in the siting of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes and clarify the process by which developers, states and other stakeholders can engage federal and state regulators.
The workshop concluded with these stakeholders charting a path forward to develop a collaborative process to achieve greater clarity and certainty during federal decision making regarding offshore wind development in the Great Lakes.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy