Michigan Alternative & Reneable Energy Center http://michiganradio.org en Lawmakers resist wind turbines in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmakers-resist-wind-turbines-great-lakes <p>Two northern Michigan representatives want to keep the picturesque shoreline of the Great Lakes free of spinning wind turbines.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/htm/2013-HIB-4778.htm">New legislation introduced</a> by Republicans Greg MacMaster and Ray Franz would stop any proposed research or production of offshore wind power in the Great Lakes that border Michigan.</p><p>It would also ban it for the future.</p><p>Critics say the bill lacks foresight.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We think it is a mistake to limit research in this area," said James </span>Clift<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. "We have a number of universities who have gotten grants to do research on offshore wind. It may be decades down the road, but to restrict our ability to even learn the possibilities there is extremely shortsighted."</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:19:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12952 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmakers resist wind turbines in the Great Lakes Research buoy shows offshore winds average at least 22 mph in middle of Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/research-buoy-shows-offshore-winds-average-least-22-mph-middle-lake-michigan <p>Wind speed in the middle of Lake Michigan appears to be some of the best in the state for developing wind energy. That’s according to preliminary data from a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/research-buoy-testing-winds-middle-lake-michigan">high-tech research buoy </a>that’s been anchored there all summer.</p><p>It’s pretty common knowledge that it’s windy out here off the Lake Michigan shore. But exactly how windy, and when, and what direction, details about bats and birds; none of that information has been available until now.</p><p>“I suspect that will ramp up some levels of interest in what we’re doing,” said Arn Boezaart.</p><p>Boezaart heads the <a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/marec/">Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center </a>that’s operating the buoy. He revealed the preliminary data at the center’s annual business meeting Monday afternoon.</p><p>“I think we’re demonstrating that we now have the ability to go out onto the Great Lakes and do a very credible and scientifically relevant job of measuring wind speeds, wind capacity that others can use to make whatever decisions they might,” Boezaart said.</p><p>Early data show the average offshore wind speed is at least 22 miles an hour. Wind farms have been built on land in Michigan where wind speeds average around 17 miles an hour. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:20:51 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9222 at http://michiganradio.org Research buoy shows offshore winds average at least 22 mph in middle of Lake Michigan High-tech research buoy gathers lots of offshore wind data, but future funding is uncertain http://michiganradio.org/post/high-tech-research-buoy-gathers-lots-offshore-wind-data-future-funding-uncertain <p>An 8-ton research buoy that&rsquo;s been floating around Lake Michigan collecting detailed data about wind conditions offshore has been brought back on land for the winter.&nbsp; With the mild winter the buoy stayed about four miles offshore for twice as long as researchers expected; 58 days instead of 30.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Turning data over to&nbsp;researchers</strong></p><p>Arn Boezaart heads the <a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/marec/">Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center </a>that&rsquo;s operating the buoy from Muskegon. He&rsquo;s been able to see 10 minute averages of wind conditions in real time. But now that the buoy is back on land, he&rsquo;s got data cards with wind data for every second the buoy was out there; plus data on bats and birds that flew by.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;I literally keep looking at this plastic bag in my brief case with this data card sitting in it and thinking &lsquo;people don&rsquo;t realize how valuable this is,&rdquo; Boezaart said. &ldquo;I sort of feel like I&rsquo;m carrying gold bars in my case here. This is really first of its kind data.&rdquo; Tue, 10 Jan 2012 02:47:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5711 at http://michiganradio.org High-tech research buoy gathers lots of offshore wind data, but future funding is uncertain Business incubator in Muskegon celebrating success story http://michiganradio.org/post/business-incubator-muskegon-celebrating-success-story <p>An entrepreneur in Muskegon<a href="http://gvsu.edu/marec/module-news-view.htm?newsId=EC986CE0-D5A2-89E5-72175D6F0BE3DDF3"> has outgrown the business incubator </a>where his company began.</p><p><a href="http://www.smartvisionlights.com/">Smart Vision Lights</a> reopened at its new location this week after more than three years at the incubator. The company develops LED lighting systems for manufacturing companies who want to take quality control photos.</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 19:33:28 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3916 at http://michiganradio.org Business incubator in Muskegon celebrating success story