WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today after the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced a collaboration between the Bechtel Development Company, Cavallo Great Lakes Ohio Wind, and Great Lakes Wind Energy to develop the Lake Erie Wind Farm project.

"Offshore wind energy has the potential to bring a host of benefits to northern Ohio, including thousands of new manufacturing jobs and renewable, clean energy for millions of homes near Lake Erie," said Brown. "Bechtel, Cavallo, and Great Lakes Wind Energy will serve as strong partners to LEEDCo in the Lake Erie Wind Farm project, bringing their collective expertise and technical know-how to the table. Today's announcement shows how Ohio is poised to lead the nation in clean energy. I will continue to work to advance offshore wind in Ohio and help make this region the Silicon Valley of clean energy manufacturing."

Brown has been a longtime advocate of offshore wind energy. In July, Brown urged the Obama administration to strongly consider establishing the country's first demonstration wind project in Ohio. In April, he introduced The Program for Offshore Wind Energy Research and Development (POWERED) Act of 2010, which would spur research on potential offshore wind projects, expand incentives for offshore wind development, and require the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a comprehensive roadmap for the deployment of offshore wind. Brown is also the original cosponsor of S. 3062, legislation which would provide the offshore wind industry with enhanced stability by extending production and investment tax credits for offshore wind until 2020. These provisions are vital because of the long lead times required to permit and construct wind turbines offshore, compared to onshore wind energy. 

Brown's POWERED Act has been endorsed by The University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University, The Great Lakes Wind Network, and by wind developers like NRG Bluewater Wind.