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Installation & Maintenance

How are offshore wind projects connected to the grid?


Cabling runs from each turbine via a distribution system to a centralized offshore station, and then subsequently via a larger cable to a substation on the regional power grid.  All cables are buried in trenches on the lake bottom and covered, so that they won’t be damaged by boat anchors.


    Once connected to the grid, who monitors power distribution into the grid?

    Transmission system operators (in our case, PJM) are responsible for managing the high-voltage power transmission grid into which power generation facilities such as our initial project are connected.  Each utility company is responsible for managing the lower-voltage grid of distribution lines that carry the power from the high-voltage “backbone” system to each individual building.

    What about safety considerations for maintenance crews?

    Safety is the number one consideration for LEEDCo and its development/implementation partners.  We can take advantage of the fact that offshore wind turbines have been deployed for twenty years in Europe, and a strong body of safety practices has been developed from this experience.

    Where will the project interconnect with the local power grid?

    The power will interconnect with the grid at the Cleveland Public Power Lake Road Substation


      What equipment is needed to install the turbines?

      Barges, jack up vessels, cable-laying boats, tugs, transport vessels, etc...

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