County commissioners in Lake County, Ohio, agreed Monday to continue collaboration with Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) on a project to develop a wind power project in Lake Erie, according to a report from The News-Herald in Ohio.
The agency, which was founded in 2009, has members including Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lake counties, as well as the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation and Nortech, according to The News-Herald. The public-private partnership represents Northern Ohio’s public interest in offshore wind power and is working to develop a 20- to 30-MW demonstration project seven miles off the Cleveland shoreline, with a goal to develop a 1,000-MW target by 2020 if the demonstration project is successful.
LEEDCo is currently putting together an application to compete to receive $46 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Lake County Commissioner Robert Aufuldish, Lake County’s representative on LEEDCo’s board, said the organization would likely be disbanded if not successful in obtaining the funding because there would be no more money available, according to the report.
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