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Clean energy in Ohio: A tale of two utilities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Convinced that clean energy has a future (or no) in Ohio? A massive wind farm or crickets—it depends largely on who is your utility.

Give wind a turn<br />Columbus' utility AEP is buying the power from this Ohio wind farm. Image: West Bend News.

What is our energy future?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/18/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

When the catastrophic failure of the $500 million investment in Solyndra forced us to question if the federal government's role was as venture capitalist, the larger issue lost in the scrum was, what is the proper role of government in clean energy creation and why is it so hard for America to define? The answers may be waiting for exploration in...

The answer my friend<br />A wind turbine at Lake Farm Park in Lake County, OH produces up to 3.2 kilowatts of clean energy. Image: GCBL.

GreenCityBlueLake honored for clean energy work

David Beach  |  01/30/13 @ 9:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Nice house, radical efficiency<br />As part of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the GreenCityBlueLake Institute coordinated the SmartHome project, a house designed to meet the Passive House standard and demonstrate the potential for dramatic energy savings.

The GreenCityBlueLake Institute has done a lot to promote a vision of a clean energy future in Northeast Ohio. We helped to build the SmartHome, a real house for a Cleveland neighborhood designed to use 90% less heating and cooling energy than a conventional house. Our work on new bike and transit facilities is providing transportation options that use less...more

Where Sweden's freshwater wind park puts Cleveland in the race to claim U.S. mantle

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/27/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

The day they raise those gleaming white metal towers over the waters of Lake Erie and cap them with slender turbine blades, Greater Cleveland will owe a small debt to Sweden. Even if the development path is different, Sweden's success installing ten, 3-megawatt wind turbines on a freshwater lake in the middle part of that Scandanavian country breaks a barrier...

Sweden does it<br />The Vindpark Vanern is the world's first freshwater wind farm, with ten 3 mW turbines powering 20,000 homes. Photo: Vindpark VanernThe lowdown<br />Sweden relied on low-cost solutions like outfitting a barge with pontoons (right) to carry a crane. Tower sections stand upright on an ordinary barge for the single crane to lift. Photo: Vindpark VanernGreen is not hard<br />An inexpensive, hard plastic tube was used to protect underwater power lines in Sweden's wind energy park. Photo: Vindpark Vanern

Rust Belt to Fresh Coast: Milwaukee's doing it

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform, Land

Milwaukee is a shining example of how to turn the industrial tide in the Midwest from black to green. The city “decided to double down on advanced manufacturing” in the 1990s, says Matt Howard, Milwaukee’s environmental sustainability director. It got in the business of small to midsized manufacturers—their bread-and-butter sectors of value-added food products (cheese) and water related industries (beer)—helping...

Rust to Green<br />Milwaukee's Menomonee green industrial park

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