With a rich presence of Universities throughout Ohio, the economic impact is significant. Each of Ohio’s universities and other researchfacilities already offer unique programs toward making Ohio a wind energy center of excellence. In 2009, Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute was designated as one of Ohio’s Centers of Excellence in Advanced Energy. That same year, Lorain County Community College established a Wind Turbine Technician degree.
The offshore wind industry offers a multitude of research, biological testing, and engineering opportunities for current students and can deliver employment and innovative startup opportunities to retain young talent while being an intellectual property hub for the rest of the country. While no formal partnerships are in place, LEEDCo has worked on joint-grant proposals and continues to collaborate with universities where possible.
The University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) is a statewide organization serving the needs of its members by supporting clean energy research, strengthening education, promoting a strong and vibrant business community, and enhancing Ohio’s advanced energy economy. In 2011, UCEAO awarded LEEDCo for its collaborative achievements.
Video: Case Western Reserve Turbine Installation