|Plans announced for Lake Erie wind farm||| Print ||
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Monday, 24 May 2010 10:10|
CLEVELAND (AP) — General Electric Co. and a regional development group say they plan to create the Great Lakes' first offshore wind farm, in Lake Erie near Cleveland.
GE and the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., or LEEDCo, say they'll start by setting up five wind turbines that will generate 20 million watts of power by 2012. A longer-term goal is to expand the wind farm to generate 1 billion watts by 2020.
The plans were unveiled Monday at an American Wind Energy Association conference in Dallas.
In a statement, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says the partnership between GE and LEEDCo is important for the state's economy and for the advancement of offshore wind technologies.
The state is working to draw more of its electricity from alternative energy sources.
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