Wind Turbines In The Middle Of Lake Michigan?

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Obama administration has paved the way for the placement of windmills out in the water in the Great Lakes.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman says the memorandum of understanding will let wind developers know exactly what permits they need to put turbines in Lake Michigan and the other four Great Lakes.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

But Joel Brammier of the Great Lakes Alliance says there are questions that remain, such as whether anyone should put anything on the lake floor.

“They send natural gas pipelines across the bottom of the Great Lakes; oil pipelines; oil drilling under the bed of the Great Lakes,” Brammier said.

Brammier adds that developers have to say what happens in 30 years, when each turbine has turned its last.

“Are we stuck with rusting hulks of wind turbines in the Great Lakes that nobody seems to know how to take care of?” he said.

Federal officials say there are no wind turbine applications pending, but they want to be ready to develop the wind as an energy resource.

  • Me

    Sounds like a good place to put wind turbines….out in the middle of the great wind machine that is Lake Michigan.

    • Tee Thompson

      Yes turn the natural beauty into more of a dump. Smart.

  • montclareresident

    Watch all of these Lakeshore Liberals who are all for “green energy” complain when it is in their backyards.

  • MeToo

    These turbines are not necessary clean machines. They do drip oil and just wait for the first ship or boat that hits one. Sounds like another “I am here from Washington, and I am here to help” type idea.

  • Jimmyb

    Stupid, this administration will do nothing to throw more bad money after bad money as green projects. Does everybody realize how little energgy wind turbines plug into a the grid…….you would laugh! now they are worried after jsut 30 years to have rusted turbines that might not work? What is the cost to fix and or replace? jacking up the cost of energnegy and taxes for 3% of our total energy? obama STOP ruining our lives!

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