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.
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.