On March 30, 2012, the White House announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with five states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania) that is intended to streamline environmental and other reviews for wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. The federal agencies that are part of this MOU are the Department of Energy, U.S. EPA, Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Coast Guard, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The MOU requires these federal agencies and the Great Lake States to work collaboratively to create a roadmap for streamlining regulatory reviews of wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. The MOU envisions development of this roadmap within 15 months. Please click here to see a copy of the MOU.