Stories tagged Cleveland

Jun
11
2010

Lake Erie offshore wind potential
Lake Erie offshore wind potentialCourtesy Less Salty

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)

LEEDCo is leading efforts to build, install, and deploy an offshore wind farm on Lake Erie. An initial five wind generators (20-megawatts, enough to power 16,000 homes) are to be located near Cleveland, Ohio, with a 2012 completion target. The expected cost is projected to be $100 million.

The 20 MW venture is just the initial phase. If the test phase is successful, LEEDCo would like to see the Lake Erie wind farm generating up to 1000 MW of energy by 2020. ConsumerEnergyReport

LEEDCo recently announced a long-term partnership with GE who will provide the 5 direct-drive wind turbines for LEEDCo’s 20-megawatt offshore wind project.

Obstacles to the Great Lakes wind project

Many hoops and hurdles need to be traversed before obtaining major financial commitments. (learn more at Cleveland.com

  • Approval from at least 16 federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. LEEDCo has yet to file any permit applications but does meet weekly with an interagency task force, the Lake Erie Offshore Wind Team, that Strickland created 18 months ago.
  • Concerns that the turbines will harm birds and bats. A $350,000 study is under way, including radar, laser and acoustic identification of bird and bat flight paths. The proposed site will need a four-mile radius of air space in which few if any birds have been detected.
  • How to anchor the towers in Lake Erie. Engineers must determine whether to sink steel piles down to bedrock, typically some 60 to 80 feet below the "glacial till" on the lake bottom. If pilings are needed, officials are uncertain whether the region still has the capacity to produce enough of the heavy steel that would be required.
  • A way to get the power to shore. Underwater cables from the turbines to shore would need right-of-way approval from the state.
  • The impact of winter ice. Plans call for an ice cream-cone shaped foundation at the water's level, which forces the ice down and breaks it, hopefully saving on cost, LEEDCo's Wagner said.
  • A means of paying for the project. Financing details are still tenuous -- and could be more complicated than the engineering, said Wagner.
  • Oct
    08
    2007

    Yankee beater: Millions of midge bugs threw the New York Yankees off the game Friday night in their playoff game in Cleveland. Some Yankee players and fans are complaining that the bugs were an unfair homefield advantage and that the game should have been delayed while they swarmed.
    Yankee beater: Millions of midge bugs threw the New York Yankees off the game Friday night in their playoff game in Cleveland. Some Yankee players and fans are complaining that the bugs were an unfair homefield advantage and that the game should have been delayed while they swarmed.
    They find plenty of things to argue about on sports talk radio, but this is a new one: Should a game be called or delayed on account of bugs?

    New York Yankees fans, and some players, are upset that umpires didn’t delay their playoff game against the Cleveland Indians last week when a huge swarm of midges – bugs sort of like mosquitoes – overtook the field.

    New York’s pitcher at the time, Joba Chamberlain, hit a batter with a pitch and threw two wild pitches during the eighth inning while he was being buzzed by all the bugs. One of those wild pitches allowed Cleveland to score the tying run and send the game into extra innings, where the Indians ended up winning in the 11th. One Indian batter was able to smack a hit while at bat during the bug flurry.

    Umpire Bruce Froemming said that he never considered stopping the game and after about 45 minutes, all the bugs were gone. But the intense blast of bugs lasted for just about 10 minutes. Chamberlain was sprayed with bug repellant twice during the half inning, but it did little to help.

    Why were the bugs suddenly showing up for the game? Midges like to breed on warm fall nights near bodies of water. Cleveland’s Jacobs Field is right alongside Lake Erie. Also, they’re attracted to light, and a Major League baseball park has a lot of those burning during a night game. Midges are a common sight in Cleveland on June and July evenings, but not a welcome on in October the Yankees.

    Personally, I’m a Yankee hater and love to see any new and creative ways for them to get beat. What do you think about the bug controversy? Share your thoughts here at Science Buzz.