The generation of power with renewable sources is growing in popularity in the United States and Cleveland Public Power is investigating all sources including wind energy.
In 2006 CPP joined forces with the Great Lakes Science Center as they installed the first wind turbine in the City of Cleveland. The 150 ft. turbine was installed more as an exhibit than a source of power generation. Inside the Center, displays offer insight on the technology and the importance of incorporating advanced energy in our communities.
Fast forward to 2012 and Cleveland Public Power is part of the Blue Creek Wind Farm located in Van Wert and Paulding Counties in southwestern Ohio. Through membership in American Municipal Power (AMP) CPP receives about 10MW of wind power from the farm.
The generation of wind energy is very similar to “run-of-the-river” hydroelectric stations. Instead of water flowing, the wind flows around the rotor of the wind turbine propelling it into a spin, which then kicks the drive shaft into gear as it produces electricity.
Cleveland Public Power has also committed to partner with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) as it works to develop an offshore wind project on Lake Erie.