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Lake Erie wind captures international players

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/14/08 @ 8:25pm

"This is an exciting time for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Our region is about to realize a huge untapped energy resource-the strong winds that blow across the lake," Sarah Taylor writes in EarthWatch Ohio about Cuyahoga County exploring a wind farm on Lake Erie.

In fact, our wind boom has sparked an international race, Taylor adds. Canada has caught wind and renewed their program, vowing to be first with wind turbines on fresh water.

Heading up the local effort is the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation whose director Iwan Alexander will moderate a conversation this Thursday about the plans underway. He'll be joined by Richard Zachariason, Chief Operating Officer of juwi Wind US Corp., the German-based firm hired by the county's task force to conduct a study of the feasibility of an offshore wind energy demonstration project up to 20 megawatts in Lake Erie near downtown Cleveland and an affiliated research center for utility-scale wind technology.

Also on the panel: Richard T. Stuebi, BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement, The Cleveland Foundation; David H. Matthiesen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University and Louis L. McMahon, Partner, Environmental Law, Thompson Hine LLP.

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