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Energy Center Planned for Site TBD on Muskegon Lake

Two West Michigan companies, L3 Combat Propulsion Systems of Muskegon and Rockford Bergé of Grand Rapids, have organized the Michigan Wind Energy Consortium. With the support of other local companies, they intend to take advantage of Muskegon’s deep-water port capacity and the area’s manufacturing capabilities to build parts for wind turbines and ship them around the world. The industrial center may begin as a wind turbine hub, but could support other advanced manufacturing, shipping, research and development, testing and education activities as it develops. The economic development effort will bring together private companies, local government, economic development agencies, and colleges. The proposed West Michigan Economic Partnership between Kent and Muskegon counties is also key to the project.

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About this Author

Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...