Friday, December 14, 2012

Epic WinD

Money is continuing to move into Cleveland and the first of its kind in the U.S., the Lake Erie Energy Development Co. of Cleveland (LEEDCo) will launch offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie using $4 million in federal money. LEEDCo is a non-profit that was awarded the funds will primarily focus on testing offshore wind by installing 9 turbines on ice breaker foundations (designed to reduce ice loading) roughly 7-miles out (3MW).

"The United States has tremendous untapped clean energy resources, and it is important for us to develop technologies that will allow us to utilize those resources in ways that are economically viable," U.S. Secretary of Energy Steve Chu. "Today's announcement of awards to the first offshore wind projects in the U.S. paves the way to cleaner, more sustainable, and more diverse domestic energy portfolio." LEEDCo was 1 of 7 organizations selected by the DoE and this is certainly an epic wind for Clevelanders.