Two stories out of Cleveland demonstrate how the city is trying to position itself as a hub of clean energy technology development and manufacturing. The first, courtesy of The Plain Dealer, details the efforts of The Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force to develop the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes. The task force is moving ahead with plans to study the potential effects of the project on wildlife and to pick a turbine manufacturer. The project is expected to cost up to $100 million build.
The second, also from The Plain Dealer, details how the city signed a $1.5 million contract with a New Jersey company to design a small power plant fueled by municipal waste. The 20-megawatt plant, which would be the first of its kind in the country, would cost about $200 million and supply about 6 percent of Cleveland Public Power's peak load. Princeton Environmental Group is designing the plant. According to the article, the company holds the exclusive U.S. license to a Japanese technology that turns organic waste in rubbish into combustible gas. If the plant is built, the company plans to build a small manufacturing facility in the city to build gasifiers.