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Farmers harvesting the benefits of wind energy

Mar 5, 2020
With U.S. farm bankruptcy rates rising, farmers have been turning to the wind energy to make ends meet. Sarah Mills, senior project manager at the Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) was featured in a USA Today article...

Sarah Mills work featured on This is Michigan

Apr 19, 2019
With bias and misinformation swirling around the consequences of wind turbine installation, local government officials are hard-pressed to find reliable information for themselves and their communities. Certainly there are tangible...

Mills weighs in on UP wind energy project

Apr 8, 2019
In Michigan's Upper Peninsula a proposal to construct 49 wind turbines across 28,000 acres of the Huron Mountains is the subject of criticism from the local communities. To get perspective in her April 4, 2019 story on Interlochen Public Radio, Kaye...
CLOSUP Lecture Series

Student Symposium on Energy and Environmental Policy Research

Apr 25, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm EDT
Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
Student panels will discuss the implications of their independent research projects on state and local environmental policy on issues including water, energy, climate change, and land use.This event showcases the work of Ford School BA students enrolled in a section of PubPol 495 that is part of the CLOSUP in the Classroom Initiative. 
Ford School
Working Papers

Inventory of State Wind Property Tax Treatments

June 23, 2021
Emma Uebelhor, Olivia Hintz, & Eli Gold
This study inventories the current property tax treatments for utility-scale wind developments across all 50 states. This inventory was created entirely with publicly available information from a variety of web-based sources and is accurate as of...

Energy Issues and Policies in Michigan Local Governments

October 7, 2020
This report presents the opinions of Michigan’s local government leaders regarding a variety of energy issues and policies in their jurisdictions, including the relevance of particular energy policies for their communities, whether the jurisdiction...

The Taxation of Wind Energy

September 1, 2019
Stephanie Leiser
The generation of energy from wind turbines is becoming increasingly common as utilities and consumers seek to integrate alternative energy sources into power grids. However, the complex economic aspects of wind energy, such as up-front capital...
Student Working Papers

Blown Away: The Increasing Importance of Wind Energy in Michigan

April 1, 2017
Sean Smalley
The future of the environment is a controversial topic in 21st century America. Two polarities exist on the subject of the environment. Typically conservatives reject climate change and doubt any human causation, claiming it to be a mythical...

Farming the Wind: The Impact of Wind Energy on Farming

January 1, 2015
Sarah Mills
In February 2014, owners of farmland in 14 townships in Michigan were sent a mail survey about their opinions of wind energy, recent investments in their homes and farms, and their future plans for their land. A total of 1,210 landowners—72% of all...
Energy and environment

Renewable Energy Policy Initiative (REPI)

October 2018
Sarah Mills
The Renewable Energy Policy Initiative (REPI) conducts, supports, and disseminates high-quality applied academic research on state and local policies impacting the deployment of renewable energy in the American federal system that informs both scholarship and the policy process....
Energy and environment

CLOSUP Wind Project

January 2013 - December 2019
Sarah Mills
The CLOSUP Wind Project, led by Sarah Mills, aims to improve understanding of state and local policy issues related to utility-scale wind energy development. This project originated from three surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014-one of residents in the Great Lakes region, another of local officials in Michigan, and a third of farmland owners near four Michigan windfarms. In 2016, CLOSUP received a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to investigate community attitudes about wind energy near Michigan's existing windfarms and then communicate lessons-learned to inform local wind...

The CLOSUP Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative

CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative (EEPI), launched in the fall of 2012, is a program of coordinated activities designed to bring the latest academic knowledge to bear on issues of energy, environment, and climate policy. Through a...

This is Michigan: Communities get the facts about renewable energy

Apr 19, 2019 0:02:45

As many Michigan communities — like Greenwood and Chandler Townships — face important decisions regarding their future in renewable energy, they are using unbiased information provided by U-M’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) to