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Understanding Wind Initiative

Alliance for Economic Success

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $70,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2011–December 31, 2011
  • Location Manistee, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Benzie, Manistee

About this grant

A major wind energy farm has been proposed for townships straddling the border of Manistee and Benzie counties in the northwestern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Such an energy project offers many potential benefits but has also raised concerns about impacts to the region’s natural values and community character. The Alliance for Economic Success, a regional, economic development, nonprofit organization based in Manistee, will coordinate a community education project on wind energy so that citizens and local leaders have the information they need to independently evaluate wind energy proposals and decide, as a community, how to proceed.