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Lake Erie Wind Turbine Project, 'Icebreaker,' Wins $5 Million In New Funding

Among LEEDCo's winning development team for the project are Case Western Reserve University, McMahon DeGulis, Freshwater Wind, Siemens, and DNV KEMA.  The strength of this team comes from combining international partners who have first-hand offshore wind experience with local partners who add value by possessing knowledge of the Lake Erie environment as well as the regional labor force. 

For example, with the recently completed 1000 MW London Array, Siemens has now supplied the world's largest, in addition to the world's first, offshore projects.  The company holds 80 percent of the offshore market share in Europe and recently contracted to deliver 300 of its new 6 MW turbines to leading offshore wind farm developer Dong Energy.

Locally, McMahon DeGulis' expertise in renewable energy permitting helped LEEDCo to advance through the regulatory processes.  CWRU has studied ice and wind data at the Cleveland water intake crib since 2005, and has received several grants for offshore wind research.  DNV KEMA has conducted project certification and design verification for 44 offshore wind projects globally.

The elite team of LEEDCo partners recognizes the enormous opportunity with this new funding and is committed to making "Icebreaker" a catalyst for building the freshwater offshore wind industry in Ohio.

"With this funding, 'Icebreaker' will be a launch pad for offshore wind development in our region," said Dr. Wagner.  "This significantly increases Ohio's prospects for leveraging first mover advantage in the offshore wind industry, and that will translate into job creation and economic development for our state."

LEEDCo and its development team will compete among the seven DOE award winners announced today for the additional $46.7 million the DOE is making available.  Three of these seven offshore wind energy projects will receive additional funding in the following four years.

About LEEDCo: 

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is a regional non-profit corporation leading efforts to deploy offshore wind projects in Ohio.  As a public-private partnership, LEEDCo represents Northern Ohio's public interest in offshore wind and is working to develop an initial 20-30 megawatt (MW) project in Lake Erie seven miles offshore Cleveland with a 1,000 MW target by 2020.  Founded in 2009, LEEDCo members include Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lake Counties; City of Cleveland; The Cleveland Foundation; and NorTech.

Media Contact: Sandra Stafford, 216-509-3973 Carolyn Grossi,  216-407-5301

SOURCE Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

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