Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced on May 24, 2010, a new partnership between GE and the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) to harness the wind power of Lake Erie and develop the first fresh water offshore wind farm in North America. Strickland made the announcement at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual WINDPOWER Conference in Dallas.
“Ohio's greatest potential for creating advanced energy is offshore in Lake Erie, and this partnership marks a significant step forward,” Strickland said. “In Ohio, we have all the right assets to make offshore wind energy successful, including an innovative workforce and the manufacturing strengths that would allow us to build all the component parts for wind turbines. This partnership will not only advance offshore wind energy technologies, it will also advance Ohio’s economy.”
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“Ohio is well-positioned to lead the nation to energy independence. This announcement further demonstrates how
Upon its completion, targeted for late 2012, this project would be located off the shores of Lake Erie, near Cleveland. This would be followed by subsequent projects with a long-term goal of 1,000 megawatts of wind energy in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie by 2020.
This development demonstrates the viability of fresh water wind farms and helps make the Great Lakes a major economic wind energy engine for Northern Ohio, capitalizing on the region’s skilled workforce and expertise in advanced manufacturing.
The LEEDCo – GE partnership builds on the momentum of a four-year effort by The Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force and other Ohio partners to establish the viability offshore wind industry on Lake Erie, leveraging the region’s strong manufacturing base and helping the Region to be more energy independent.
In addition to collaborating on the initial 20-megawatt project, GE and LEEDCo will create a strategic plan to identify opportunities to make offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes economically viable for the nation, and also work jointly on advocacy and public policy issues to increase support for offshore wind energy.