If you’re interested in renewable energy on the Leelanau Peninsula, Northport Energy invites you to a presentation by the University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability graduate students of their final report on a 100% renewable energy plan for Leelanau County this Saturday, April 13 at the Leelanau County Governmental Center from 1-3 PM.
Northport Energy is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2008 by local citizens with the goal of transforming the Leelanau Peninsula into a community 100% powered by efficient and sustainable energy sources. The group teamed up with University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) graduate students to develop a Community Renewable Energy Plan. The project included a community survey, resource assessments for wind and solar power, as well as site identification for future renewable energy systems. The survey revealed that 71% of community respondents were supportive of the initiative. Most importantly, the resource assessments concluded that resource availability in Leelanau is enough to achieve the stated goal of 100% renewable electricity for our community & identifies three different scenarios for achieving the goal.