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Wind Monitoring Tower Work Begins

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The non-profit group Green Energy Ohio installed the first section of a wind monitoring tower on the Cleveland water crib Monday. ideastream's Karen Schaefer reports.

Monday, July 25, 2005 at 9:09 am

A helicopter delivered the first 60-foot section of the pole on which three wind monitors will be mounted that will help gather data about the feasibility of utility-scale wind farms on Lake Erie. The helicopter hovered over the Cleveland crib for about ten minutes as a 6-person crew scrambled to steady the swaying pole and fit it through a hole in the crib roof. City of Cleveland sustainability manager Andrew Watterson describes the process.

Andrew Watterson: Yeah, they have it. Now they're trying to fit it in through the 20-inch hole on the roof of the deck. The pole will go in through the roof of the crib and go down nine feet to the third-floor deck of the crib.

There was applause as the pole went home. But thick haze delayed the installation of the second section of the 125-foot tower. Once the tower is complete wind monitors will begin sending data back to shore via computer. Green Energy Ohio plans a series of public meetings to discuss wind power during the two-year study. Karen Schaefer, 90.3.