LEEDCo awarded $4 million to launch offshore wind development on Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer

In one of the first projects of its kind in the United States, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. of Cleveland will launch an offshore wind development effort on Lake Erie using $4 million in federal money.

LEEDCo is a nonprofit company working to build wind turbines in Lake Erie.

"This is a great day for Northeast Ohio," said LEEDCo CEO Lorry Wagner. "The grant puts us on a path for proving what we can do."

The U.S. Department of Energy is providing the funding for LEEDCo's initiative, called Project Icebreaker. The project is one of seven to win a federal grant. After a year of development in the high-stakes wind power competition, three of the seven could be chosen to receive up to $47 million each in federal money over four years.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, who has pushed for such alternative energy projects for years, said offshore wind could eventually help create thousands of new jobs in Ohio and nationwide.

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