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Michigan Competitive in Wind Production, But Future Limited

Over the past twenty years, the Great Lakes region has been steadily increasing the number of in new wind projects and wind energy output. Now that pace looks to have slowed with more local communities placing acting tighter zoning control over industrial wind development.  However growth continues as the cost of new project declines. 

Michigan was an early developer of wind projects, but it achieved only a rank of fifth place among the Great Lake states in 2015.


Ranking of Great Lake States in Terms of Installed Capacity

Rank

Installed Ranking 2000 Installed Ranking 2005 Installed Ranking 2010 Installed Ranking 2015

Installed Ranking 2018

1st

Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Illinois

2nd

Wisconsin New York Illinois Illinois Minnesota

3rd

New York Pennsylvania Indiana Indiana Indiana

4th

Pennsylvania Illinois New York New York

New York

5th

Michigan Wisconsin Pennsylvania Michigan

Michigan

6th

  Ohio Wisconsin Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

7th

Michigan Michigan Wisconsin

Wisconsin

8th     Ohio Ohio

Ohio


United States Installed Wind Energy Capacity 3rd Quarter 2018

Wind Energy Potential


Ohio, which has lagged the region with wind projects is now among the top states in the country for new development with 108 MW being developed in 2018.

New Industrial Wind Projects in the Great Lake States 2018

State

Potential Output

Illinois

132 MW

Ohio

108 MW
New York

78 MW

Michigan

44 MW

Minnesota

1 MW


Wind Energy Projects Completed in 2018

Wind Energy Potential


However, in terms of the potential for growth Michigan falls to dead last in wind energy potential. Wind power capacity potential reflects the amount of wind power that is technologically possible to have installed in a given region. We would not expect this potential to be fully utilized, but it is indicative of the physical limits of the assumed technology. Wind power capacity potential is estimated assuming that all available land area, after legal and technical exclusions are applied, is populated with wind turbines at a density of 3 megawatts per square kilometer. 

Industrial (80m) Wind Energy Potential for the Great Lake States

State

Potential Output Rank

Illinois

191,000 MW 1st

Minnesota

183,000 MW 2nd

Ohio

119,000 MW

3rd

Indiana 118,000 MW

4th

Wisconsin 114,000 MW

5th

Pennsylvania 109,000 MW

6th

New York

92,000 MW 7th
Michigan 81,000 MW

8th


United States Industrial Wind Energy Potential Capacity

Wind Energy Potential


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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

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