The meeting, in a partnership with Michigan Sea Grant and the Michigan Energy Office, will take place in Room 102 of the GVSU Meijer Campus in Holland. It will include a video chat from people in the Netherlands who live and work near an offshore wind farm.
Representatives from the West Michigan tourism and government sectors, along with community members, can ask questions about how the Egmond aan Zee offshore wind farm has affected tourism in coastal communities in the Netherlands. Dutch participants will include a tourism program manager and a sustainability program manager. Paulus Heule, honorary Dutch consul for West Michigan, will provide opening remarks about the social and economic ties between West Michigan and the Netherland.
Offshore wind energy projects generate low-pollution electricity in many countries in Europe, including the Netherlands, but there are none presently in North America.
“People here have no experience with the technology and are rightfully concerned about potential effects on tourism and coastal communities,” said Erik Nordman, principal investigator for West Michigan Wind Assessment at GVSU.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Make reservations by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call Erik Nordman at 616-331-8705.