Lake Erie Off-Shore Energy Project

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

7. Affordable and Clean Energy 13. Climate Action

Overview

The solution this organization gives is providing renewable energy through the off-shore winds of Lake Erie through the use of wind turbines by partnering with Fred. Olson Renewables to create a project called the Icebreaker Wind, Inc. It is the solution to the conservation of energy as well as air pollution, which helps to solve SDG's 7 and 13 by having demonstrative efforts to reduce climate changes through renewable energy and cleansing the air. It will also help to create thousands of jobs for the surrounding areas.

Authors

Lillian Hall

Lillian Hall

Moira Ledinsky

Moira Ledinsky

School

Kent State University

Kent State University

Professor

David DuBois

David DuBois

Innovation

This innovation consists of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation teaming up with Fred. Olson Renewables to implement the Icebreaker Wind turbine. This is a 6 turbine, 20.7 megawatt offshore wind demonstration project 8 miles from downtown Cleveland, Ohio in Lake Erie. It is the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America. The project hopes to aid in cleansing the air and water resources, create jobs and economic prosperity in the region, and create a scalable renewable energy source in Lake Erie.

Lake Erie Off-Shore Energy Project

Inspiration

At the start of our interview with the Lake Erie Development Corporation, we were highly interested in the mission of this company. Our interviewee, Beth, described their mission and the inspiration for it as "to create clean energy that could be used to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and create jobs for the local and regional economy." Therefore, their inspiration for the innovation is to help lessen our dependence on fossil fuels by creating a clean, renewable energy source while also creating jobs for the local region in the process.

Overall impact

The overall impact of the innovation is creating the Icebreaker Wind project that will be completed by 2020 will catalyze future offshore wind projects throughout the Great Lakes that will create thousands of jobs and help to clean the air and our waters. It will also impact the world by lessening our carbon footprint which will help to impact our problem with climate changes. Long-term effects of this project include the reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases into the air, which will create a huge impact on the cleansing of the air. Some short-term effects of this innovation include making Ohio and the Midwest a leader in the U.S. wind energy manufacturing sector and supply chain. Also, making Ohio the first state in the Great Lakes Region to capture the economic and environmental benefits of offshore winds. And, according to Beth, "there is minimal impact to animals such as birds and bats due to being so far from the short compare to onshore wind turbines." This is a great fact to factor into the benefits of using offshore wind turbines rather than onshore turbines.

Business benefit

This innovation benefits the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation in multiple ways. By funding and creating this project, they gain the reputation of a "responsible corporate citizen." They also will be creating thousands of jobs which will attract people to that area and make them want to work for them, making it easy for them to find people to hire for their labor force. And, because the project is so beneficial to the economy as well as to the climate problems we face, the business will have no problem in finding support.

Social and environmental benefit

The project shows that Lake Erie Energy Development Co. is a responsible corporate citizen by having the mission to better the world through renewable energy. Wind energy is highest in energy efficiency and conservation, as well as it is high in renewables that are property cited and high in environmental protections (solar winds, hydro, biomass), and it also helps to lower air pollution and climate changes. This effort positively impacts the environment by creating clean energy which is an effort that also helps to clean the air and boost sustainability in the economy.

Interview

Beth Nagusky, Director of Sustainable Development

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Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

Cleveland, OH, US

Business Website: http://www.leedco.org/

Year Founded: 2009

Number of Employees: 201 to 500

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation is a private non-profit regional development organization implementing renewable energy through the use of off-shore wind turbines. This organization is located in and serving the Cleveland, Ohio area. They hope to better the world through convening regional private and public stakeholders to launch renewable energy projects. They partnered with Fred. Olson Renewables to launch a for-profit, clean energy company known as Icebreaker Wind, Inc.