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Sustainability update 9.24.08

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/24/08 @ 9:38am

  • The Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force is studying the feasibility of creating a wind farm on Lake Erie, and will release its findings by the close of 2008. But first it has to surmount all of the barriers to placing tons of concrete and steel (base and tower) in a freezing environment. For the next three months, they will study the effects of wind shear on blades by using a laser sensor on the water intake crib aimed at the blades of the test turbine, says Bill Eger, energy manager for the city of Cleveland's Office of Sustainability. The task force also plans to test the force of ice on the crib's base. Other issues to figure out-where is the best location and how to build transmission lines back to shore, and what's the best way to connect to the grid.
  • CityWheels founder Ryan McKenzie commented on our post about the mayor's bike/pedestrian advisory committee that the best way to improve road conditions for biking and walking is "to add a staffperson with bike/ped design experience to the City of Cleveland traffic engineering department. This understaffed office can make small improvements to every reconstruction, resurfacing and restriping project, if they have someone on the lookout for ways to leverage that existing budget. They can also prioritize their pavement patching program to fix bicycle priority corridors first."
  • Salt Lake City is experimenting with a shared bike and car lane in its downtown area. City leaders and some cyclists feel shared lanes are actually the safer option.
  • Chrysler will unveil four all-electric cars for sale by 2010. The struggling American car company hopes to turn its fortunes around with plug-in electric minivan, Jeep, sports car, and commuter car.
  • The U.S. Senate passes a production tax credit for solar panel manufacturing. The eight year credit will produce an estimated 440,000 permanent jobs and $232 billion in investment for the fledgling domestic renewables industry.

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