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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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