The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. is allowing the Northeast Ohio community the opportunity to show support for offshore wind power in the area by pledging to buy a portion of their future power needs from offshore wind projects, according to a report from the News-Herald in Ohio.
LEEDCo President Lorry Wagoner said the pledge will help LEEDCo gauge community support and demonstrate the market for offshore wind power, according to the report. The company plans to use the pledges to encourage local electricity suppliers to make electricity generated from a planned offshore wind power project available to their customers.
The company has started work on a five to nine turbine wind power demonstration project in Lake Erie, according to News-Herald. The projected, named Icebreaker, is slated to be completed in 2017 and would be the first freshwater offshore wind power project in the U.S.
There is no obligation or cost to sign the pledge, according to the report.
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