$3.7M grant awarded to Lake Erie wind turbine project

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.7 million grant to a company doing engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie.

Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration wind farm in the lake northwest of downtown Cleveland. Current cost estimates are between $120 million and $128 million.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1OG19E4 ) that the DOE grant is the third the department has given LEEDCo, bringing the total in federal funding to $10.7 million.

The DOE says the funding will support the company’s offshore wind research and development progress.

LEEDCo vice president David Karpinski says the current goal is to complete detailed electrical and mechanical engineering designs.

The company wants to have the wind turbines built and functioning by the end of 2018.

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