The principal purpose of this project is to conduct a wind assessment study of Lake Michigan and to advance the body of knowledge that will allow successful offshore commercial wind energy development on the Great Lakes. The project involves the permitting and installation of the first offshore wind power assessment meteorological (MET) facilities in Michigan’s Great Lakes, utilizing Laser Pulse Technology (LPT). In addition to validating the technology, other important research that will contribute to the deployment of offshore wind technologies are being undertaken based on the guidelines established by the Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council (GLOW Council). The project has created opportunities for public dialogue and community education about offshore wind resource development.

Project collaborators include: U.S. Department of Energy, Michigan Public Service Commission, WE Energies, Sierra Club of the Great Lakes, Grand Valley State University, University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Michigan State University.