Fiscal Impacts of Wind Energy on Michigan’s Schools: Interview Research

July 2017

In fall 2016, school officials from four Michigan communities with utility-scale windfarms were contacted requesting interviews. We interviewed with four officials from three of these communities. The officials included financial administrators and superintendents at both the local school district and intermediate school district level. The school districts represent a range of windfarm sizes—ranging from 2 to over 100 turbines within a single district. The interviews aimed to understand what impact the wind turbines were having on the community schools.