Transmission-Related Policy Options to Facilitate Offshore Wind in the Great Lakes (2011)

Client Organization: 
Great Lakes Commission
Project Location : 
Ann Arbor, MI though research will be conducted for the entire Great Lakes Basin
Summary of Project Idea: 

This project focuses on identifying when transmission will be a barrier for the development of offshore wind in the Great Lakes and explaining why it is a barrier in certain situations. The project examines the costs, technical aspects, planning and siting procedures, and environmental impacts of building transmission. This project presents and analyzes select policy options to address these transmission-related barriers to offshore wind development in the Great Lakes. These policy options are informed by a literature review, a stakeholder and key interview process, and quantitative and spatial analyses. The project team interviewed over twenty professionals working on transmission issues, including transmission companies, electrical utility companies, wind developers, government agencies, environmental organizations, academics, and others.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Sustainable Systems
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
David Allan
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Aaron Batchman, MSE/MS Engineering Sustainable Systems      
  • Arvind Balachander, MUP Transportation Planning/MS Sustainable Systems                       
  • Catharine Gustafson, MS Environmental Policy and Planning/Sustainable Systems           
  • James Mulligan, MAE/MS Environmental Policy and Planning                                     
  • Matt Segraves, MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project