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Developer looking at Lake Erie

Entrepreneur Jeffrey DiLaura wants to develop a 2.52GW wind farm in the shallow US waters of Lake Erie, looking to straddle three states to leverage the best resources and achieve economies of scale.

Entrepreneur Jeffrey DiLaura wants to develop a 2.52GW wind farm in the shallow US waters of Lake Erie, looking to straddle three states to leverage the best resources and achieve economies of scale.

The project, Lake Erie Alternative Power (Leap), envisages the placement of 700 turbines in clusters off Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

It would be built in stages, with later phases including related infrastructure that would add up to 300MW in generating capacity from hydrokinetic and solar energy, according to DiLaura.

He has signed a letter of intent with Siemens for the 3.6MW wind turbines. As part of any potential deal, the German company agreed to investigate the feasibility of local production, assembly and supply-chain facilities in the Great Lakes region. This would include identifying qualified suppliers to bolster local content and create jobs.

Plans call for each state to receive one third of the energy generated, even though New York has the highest electricity rates of the three. The grids in Ohio and Pennsylvania are part of the PJM Interconnection regional network, while New York has its own independent system. DiLaura says the project could also connect with the MISO,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Entrepreneur Jeffrey DiLaura wants to develop a 2.52GW wind farm in the shallow US waters of Lake Erie, looking to straddle three states to leverage the best resources and achieve economies of scale.

The project, Lake Erie Alternative Power (Leap), envisages the placement of 700 turbines in clusters off Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

It would be built in stages, with later phases including related infrastructure that would add up to 300MW in generating capacity from hydrokinetic and solar energy, according to DiLaura.

He has signed a letter of intent with Siemens for the 3.6MW wind turbines. As part of any potential deal, the German company agreed to investigate the feasibility of local production, assembly and supply-chain facilities in the Great Lakes region. This would include identifying qualified suppliers to bolster local content and create jobs.

Plans call for each state to receive one third of the energy generated, even though New York has the highest electricity rates of the three. The grids in Ohio and Pennsylvania are part of the PJM Interconnection regional network, while New York has its own independent system. DiLaura says the project could also connect with the MISO, another grid operator that serves the Midwest.


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MAY 21 2012
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