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Firm Hired for Wind Turbine Feasability Study

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The Cuyahoga County Commissioners have selected a Wind Energy firm to figure out if wind turbines can be built in the waters just off of Lake Erie. Additionally, a new institute at Case Western Reserve University will make the wind demonstration project it's top priority. ideastream's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.

Friday, August 24, 2007 at 7:22 am

The Commissioners hired Germany's leading renewable energy company, Juwi International, to determine the feasibility of building a 20 megawatt wind turbine demonstration project, 3-6 miles off the coast of Lake Erie. The company will get help from Case Western Reserve University, which has established a new Great Lake's Institute for Energy Innovation in it's School of Engineering. The new Institute's first project is to use a $200,000 donation from the university to create a Wind Research Center to assist Juwi International in it's feasibility study. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason is heading up the effort.

Bill Mason: If that's determined to be feasible and we do, do that, then that potentially opens the lake and the great lakes up to that type of development in the future.

Mason says a successful demonstration project could lead to more significant installations on the Lake and possibly a new Wind Energy manufacturing sector.

Lisa Ann Pinkerton, 90.3.

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