Where helps explain why.
While much of the near-term activity in wind will naturally occur onshore, the future belongs to offshore wind. (See Lake Erie Wind Speed Map) to be close to the Water Intake Crib where monitoring data is being collected.
- Lake Erie’s winds are stronger and more consistent than onshore. This paired with the fact the offshore turbines are larger, the potential for electricity generation increases.
- Proximity to the existing populations (near the market) along Lake Erie shores near Cleveland, Lorain, Euclid, Ashtabula and Erie also makes for an ideal location.
- Erie is the shallowest Great Lake – making installation more cost effective than other regions.
- Finally, offshore turbines can be sited miles from shore and tend to be less disruptive to visual amenities and concerns by residents.