07 May '11, 10am

Ohio to Build First Offshore Wind Farm in Great Lakes, Aims to Boost Local Industry

Ohio to Build First Offshore Wind Farm in Great Lakes, Aims to Boost Local Industry

Ohio is set to build the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes, outpacing neighboring states and a Canadian province whose own plans are facing long delays and possible outright bans. Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) expects to start construction on a 20-megawatt, $100 million pilot project by next year and aims to have the turbines operational by late 2013. Freshwater Wind — a developer formed by Bechtel Development Company, Cavallo Great Lakes Ohio Wind and Great Lakes Wind Energy — could reach a power purchase agreement with utilities within a month. Energy from the project could supply around 16,000 homes with electricity. LEEDCo hopes the demonstration can jump-start a freshwater wind industry across the eight states surrounding the five lakes and the province of Ontario — all while steering wind turbine manufacturing to Ohio's e...

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