Offshore wind is an emerging large-scale growth industry worldwide. With zero offshore wind projects in the United States, there is a race to develop numerous offshore wind projects along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes, all fixated on capturing the benefits. The technology has been validated and deployed widespread in Europe and most recently Asian waters, employing tens of thousands of workers in sectors such as engineering, design, construction, manufacturing, and maritime logistics.
Ohio is uniquely positioned to build the first freshwater offshore wind project in the United States, however action on policy to support offshore wind in Ohio is required in the form of legislation. The initial project led by the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation is only a catalyst toward securing the first-mover advantages which will not only create Ohio-based jobs and turbine components, but also allow for the export of expertise and manufacturing. Ohio is well suited to host offshore wind with its world-class industrial capacity, excellent ports, suitable electrical transmission infrastructure, and a trained labor force.
Help build this new industry by asking your Ohio representatives to bring home the benefits of offshore wind energy.
For more information visit LEEDCo's project development team at www.freshwaterwind.com.