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Man wants wind turbine in Lake Erie

Tom Patton wants to harness the wind. The Avon Lake resident wants to put a wind turbine about 50 meters out into Lake Erie - something that Patton said hasn't been done elsewhere in the Great Lakes. He's in a holding pattern though, he said, as he has to wait for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to review the project. His understanding of the problem is that the ODNR doesn't have any rules or regulations regarding wind turbines in the lake, and they don't know when they might have them, Patton said. He already has the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tom Patton wants to harness the wind.

The Avon Lake resident wants to put a wind turbine about 50 meters out into Lake Erie - something that Patton said hasn't been done elsewhere in the Great Lakes.

He's in a holding pattern though, he said, as he has to wait for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to review the project. His understanding of the problem is that the ODNR doesn't have any rules or regulations regarding wind turbines in the lake, and they don't know when they might have them, Patton said. He already has the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"I'm just kind of sitting here like a deer in the headlights wondering what's going on," he said.

Patton and his wife, Tomie, have a nonprofit entity that will allow them to put together the funding for Lorain County Community College and Bowling Green State University to study the feasibility of wind power on Lake Erie, he explained.

Once the turbine is in place and generating electricity, Patton and his wife would buy the power from the nonprofit, he explained. He anticipates they would be able to run their entire home, 31940 Lake Road, off the wind power generated by the turbine.

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Tom Patton wants to harness the wind.

The Avon Lake resident wants to put a wind turbine about 50 meters out into Lake Erie - something that Patton said hasn't been done elsewhere in the Great Lakes.

He's in a holding pattern though, he said, as he has to wait for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to review the project. His understanding of the problem is that the ODNR doesn't have any rules or regulations regarding wind turbines in the lake, and they don't know when they might have them, Patton said. He already has the approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"I'm just kind of sitting here like a deer in the headlights wondering what's going on," he said.

Patton and his wife, Tomie, have a nonprofit entity that will allow them to put together the funding for Lorain County Community College and Bowling Green State University to study the feasibility of wind power on Lake Erie, he explained.

Once the turbine is in place and generating electricity, Patton and his wife would buy the power from the nonprofit, he explained. He anticipates they would be able to run their entire home, 31940 Lake Road, off the wind power generated by the turbine.

The turbine will be about 30 to 50 meters tall from the waterline to the top of the tallest blade, Patton said. He has not gotten any negative reaction from his neighbors, he added. One neighbor, he said, is "very supportive of the idea."

He figures the project will cost about $150,000, but he doesn't think he'll get his investment back, he said.

"I think it's an important project for the area," he said. "We're just too energy dependent on fossil fuels and foreign oil."

Patton has been trying to get the project approved for the past three years, he said. His house is already wired and set up for the project. He's just waiting on the approvals.

"If I got approval today, I'd get going on the project," he said.


Source: http://www.morningjournal.c...

SEP 24 2008
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