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									                       GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Workplan
                             Last Updated – June 2009

Purpose:
The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative (GLWC) Offshore Wind Workgroup – per the mission of the Great
Lakes Wind Collaborative – will identify and address issues affecting the planning, development, and
operation of offshore wind power facilities in the Great Lakes.

Objectives:
    The Offshore Wind Workgroup will provide a forum for dialogue and an opportunity for analysis
        and exchange of information among key stakeholders and interested parties regarding offshore wind
        power development in the Great Lakes region. Specifically, this includes the technical,
        environmental, regulatory, educational, outreach and financial issues related to the deployment of
        offshore wind power in the Great Lakes.
    Conduct background research and evaluation to develop and recommend policies and best
        management practices suitable for offshore wind power development in the Great Lakes.

GLWC Workplan Outcome/Milestone:

    Near-term

    a) As a starting point, identify key issues regarding Great Lakes off shore wind power related to
    siting, transmission, stakeholder impacts, technical issues, etc. (Include land/water interface and
    nearshore area in issue identification.) Characterize the state of knowledge (gap analysis). Use 20%
    wind vision document as a guide. [DONE]

    b) Develop off shore data layers in support of item #III-c of the GLWC workplan (development of
    Great Lakes Wind Atlas). (See Long-term section below for associated activities.) [DONE]

    c) In support of the Midwestern Governors Association Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform,
    which calls for the development of comprehensive siting principles and policies for wind farms to
    encourage orderly development of the region,
           i.     work with relevant U.S. and Canadian federal and state/provincial agencies to draft a
                  document in support of a comprehensive environmental review process for siting and
                  permitting of off shore wind energy facilities. Document information on relevant U.S.
                  and Canadian policies and applicable statutes and regulations for off shore wind siting and
                  permitting, including the Record of Decision released for the federal regulatory approach
                  to offshore wind and renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

           ii.   Develop draft recommendations for siting principles and policies for off shore wind
                 development in the Great Lakes. (THIS ITEM MOVED FROM LONG-TERM TO
                 NEAR-TERM VIA CONSENSUS OF WORKGROUP.)

    d) Develop an inventory-list of publicly available information on proposed-active Great Lakes offshore
       wind projects. [DONE, ONGOING]

    e)  Advocate for development of a programmatic environmental impact statement for wind
    development on the Great Lakes, identifying appropriate federal and state/provincial lead and
    cooperating agencies. (THIS ITEM MOVED FROM LONG-TERM TO NEAR-TERM VIA
    CONSENSUS OF WORKGROUP.)
                       GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Workplan
                             Last Updated – June 2009

    f) Identify potential development areas for off shore wind projects (wind resource areas (WRAs));
    conduct offshore wind viewshed studies and other relevant evaluations. (THIS ITEM MOVED FROM
    LONG-TERM TO NEAR-TERM VIA CONSENSUS OF WORKGROUP.)

    g) Facilitate research to study conditions that relate to off shore wind power siting, such as lake ice
    and its effects. (THIS ITEM MOVED FROM LONG-TERM TO NEAR-TERM VIA CONSENSUS OF
    WORKGROUP.)

    Long-term

    h) Develop final recommendations for siting principles and policies for off shore wind development in
    the Great Lakes.

    i)   In follow-up to near-term Item (a) above:
          i.     Develop design standards for off shore wind energy systems [LIKELY TO BE DROPPED]
         ii.     Scope relevant issues for transmission off shore, including the land/water interface
                 (including environmental aspects). [PUNTED TO TRANSMISSION WORKGROUP]

    j) Compare and analyze economic and environmental benefits, costs and tradeoffs specific to off shore
    wind power with those related to other power sources. [LIKELY TO BE AMENDED]


Approach: The bulk of the workgroup business will be conducted by conference calls. The workgroup will
identify how its members and Great Lakes Commission staff can achieve the outcomes and milestones
identified in the table below.


Outcomes, Responsible Parties and Timeline for Near-term Workplan Elements

          Workplan Element                  Outcome/Product                   Who               Target
                                                                                              Date/Notes
a. Identify key issues regarding Great      List of key issues       GLC staff and
Lakes off shore wind power.                 and characterization     workgroup
Characterize the state of knowledge         of state of              members:
(gap analysis).                             knowledge for Great
                                            Lakes offshore wind      Don Arcuri               DONE
                                            (gap analysis)           Vicki Deisner
                                                                     Jack Nasca
                                                                     John Sarver

b. Develop off shore data layers in         List of data layers to   GLC staff and
support of item #III-b (development of      include in Great         workgroup
Great Lakes Wind Atlas) of the GLWC         Lakes Wind Atlas         members:
                                                                                              DONE
workplan
                                                                     Katherine Dykes
                                                                     (Need more, maybe)
c-i. Draft a document in support of a       Memo to decision         GLC staff and            June 2009
comprehensive environmental review          makers supporting        workgroup
process for siting and permitting of off    comprehensive            members:
shore wind energy facilities. Document      environmental
information on relevant U.S. and            review process for       Bob Berger
                      GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Workplan
                            Last Updated – June 2009

         Workplan Element                 Outcome/Product                  Who           Target
                                                                                       Date/Notes
Canadian policies and applicable          offshore wind siting      Mike Klepinger
statutes and regulations for off shore    and permitting,           Dan Sage
wind siting and permitting, as part of    citing current            John Sarver
item IV-b and -c (Environmental Policy,   applicable federal        Mark Sinclair
Siting and Permitting section) of the     and state/provincial
GLWC workplan.                            policies.

c-ii. Develop draft recommendations for   Progress on a draft       GLC staff and      (c-ii moved
siting principles and policies for        document of               workgroup          up from
offshore wind development in the Great    recommendations           members:           long-term)
Lakes.                                    for offshore siting
                                          principles and            Katherine Dykes    June 2009
                                          policies.                 John Sarver
                                                                    John Cherry
                                                                    Mark Sinclair
d-i. Develop an inventory-list of         Inventory-list as         GLC staff and
publicly available information on         stated; possibly post     workgroup
proposed-active Great Lakes offshore      to GLWC website.          members:
wind projects.
                                                                    Echo Cartwright
                                                                                          DONE
                                                                    Paul Hoag
                                                                    David Matthiesen
                                                                    Terry Yonker
                                                                    Kate Yoshida

d-ii. Develop criteria for endorsement    List of criteria to vet   GLC staff and
of offshore pilot-demonstration           through SC/AC.            workgroup
projects in Great Lakes waters.                                     members:

                                                                    Echo Cartwright
                                                                                         TABLED
                                                                    Paul Hoag
                                                                    David Matthiesen
                                                                    Terry Yonker
                                                                    Kate Yoshida

e. Advance development of a               PEIS outline to send      GLC staff and
programmatic environmental impact         to decision makers        workgroup
statement (PEIS) for wind development                               members:
on the Great Lakes, identifying                                                        Will be
appropriate federal and                                             Echo Cartwright    shared at
state/provincial lead and cooperating                               Ihor Hlohowskyj    appropriate
agencies.                                                                              time
                                                                    Mike Klepinger
                                                                    Mark Sinclair
                                                                    Steve Ugoretz
f. Identify potential development areas   Specifics TBD by          GLC staff and
for off shore wind projects (wind         taskgroup. Could          workgroup
resource areas (WRAs)); conduct           include public            members:
                                                                                       Target date
offshore wind viewshed studies and        opinion, acceptance
                                                                                       TBD
other relevant evaluations.               and understanding         JoAnne Blank
                                                                    Mike Klepinger
                                                                    John Sarver
                      GLWC Offshore Wind Workgroup Workplan
                            Last Updated – June 2009

         Workplan Element                  Outcome/Product         Who          Target
                                                                              Date/Notes
g. Facilitate research to study                              GLC staff and
conditions that relate to off shore wind                     workgroup
                                                 TBD
power siting, such as lake ice and its                       members: (TBD)
effects.

								
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