you willing to pay a little more to ensure the energy you’re using is green?
Avon Lake Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch is spearheading an effort as one of the Lorain County representatives to the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force to get as many people as possible in the area to sign a non-binding “power pledge” to help LEEDCo earn money to build six wind turbines approximately 7 miles off the city’s shoreline.
Residents can sign the Power Pledge, which could help land the Cleveland area $48 million for off-shore turbines, at 7p.m. June 24 the Avon Lake Public Library’s Gallery Room.
The Ice Breaker wind turbine project by LEEDCo located in Lake Erie off the shoreline of downtown Cleveland is one of the top six wind turbine projects in the USA.
LEEDCo (Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation) is a regional non-profit and economic development organization building an offshore wind energy industry in Ohio.
For being one of the top six projects, LEEDCo was awarded $4 million in 2012, Fenderbosch said. The project has until Dec. 31, 2013 to accomplish a list of goals set by the Federal Government to qualify as one of the top three wind turbine projects in the USA. If it meets the challenge, then the Ice Breaker project will receive $48 million to build the project. It would start generating electricity by 2017.
Fenderbosch is hoping residents of Avon Lake, a NOPEC community, will take part in the grass roots effort by signing the Power Pledge at 7 p.m. on June 24 at the Avon Lake Public Library’s month on your electric bill.
“By signing the Power Pledge, you will signify that you are one of the first to use wind to power your home,” Fenderbosch said.
This is the first Power Pledge Signing Event in Lorain County. LEEDCo covers a five-county area.
“The turbines off the coast of Cleveland would barely be visible on a clear day,” she said of the massive structures. “The first one will be 7 miles out. The second would be out further. This project has been going on a long time.”
The turbines, if constructed, would begin two miles beyond the Cleveland water crib.
“The placement would not upset fisherman, migrating birds or shipping lanes,” she said. “In fact it will probably attract fish (by creating an artificial reef).”
“We need to demonstrate (residents) are interested in purchasing Lake Erie wind,” Fenderbosch said. “They will pay a little more for that. If they do, they decide how much. They could add an extra dollar, $5, $10 to their electric bill. The Power Pledge is not a contract, though, it is simply a demonstration of interest.”
Fenderbosch said if the project goes through, those in Avon Lake and Northeast Ohio can be the first people in North America to buy Lake Erie generated wind.
Wind power would be added as an additional power generation source to the current electrical grid.
The pledge shows area residents are interested in wind power and green power. The pledges will be kept by LEEDco and turned in with the packet in hopes to secure the $48 million.
Support from council
Fenderbosch is hoping Avon Lake City Council members will pass a resolution before June 24 saying they are in favor of offering residents option of wind power to individual homeowners.
Many Avon Lake residents are members of NOPEC, the energy consortium. NOPEC now in discussion with LEEDco but would like to see how many area residents are in support of wind power.
“They’ll use (the Power Pledge) to gauge interest in Avon Lake,” Fenderbosch said.