29 March 2010

Cleveland looking to harness the wind for future power needs

It appears the initiative to make Cleveland a national leader in freshwater offshore wind power development is coming to fruition.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp has began to make bid requests to contractors for the nearly $100 million project to erect wind turbines in Lake Erie.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown pledged support for the project during an event hosted at the Great Lakes Science Center on Monday. Strickland touted a tax cut that is currently being reviewed by state lawmakers that will allow Ohio to compete with foreign manufacturers in wind power technology while Sen. Brown is backing proposed legislation that will expand federal tax incentives for wind power initiatives.

If everything goes to plan, the first turbines could be constructed as early as 2012.

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