Breaking the Ice on a New Industry for Northeast Ohio

Offshore Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are being charted to arrive in the waters off Cleveland, and when they do, they will form the vanguard of a new industry for Northeast Ohio manufacturers—offshore wind.

For regional manufacturers, offshore wind means new-market needs for foundations, fabrications, vessels, steel, power conversion, maintenance, and components. The market is expected to create 525 construction, installation, and permanent jobs and provide upwards of $80 million in construction alone.

On Thursday, August 22nd, U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will join Lorry Wagner from the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at the new Cleveland Convention Center for an update on 'Project Icebreaker'—Cleveland’s offshore wind project. Doors open at 1:00 PM, the program starts at 1:15 PM, and the public is invited.

Current LEEDCo plans call for two project phases, the first of which will involve installing six 3MW American-made wind turbines approximately seven miles off the shore of downtown Cleveland. The second phase will be much larger. WIRE-Net’s GLWN is the project’s local supply chain arm.

LEEDCo is seeking public support for the project in the form of individual pledges to purchase electricity generated from Icebreaker, which will be America’s first freshwater wind farm. Details will be provided.

The Cleveland Convention Center is located at 300 Lakeside Avenue. The program will be held in the Grand Ballroom. Enter either from Lakeside or St. Clair Avenues.

Please RSVP for this free event. For more information, contact Sandra Stafford at 216.509.3973.

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