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Ohio Wind Working Group

Ohio Wind Working Group Takes Off

As the first utility-scale wind turbines in Ohio were installed near Bowling Green, on September 25-26, 2003 diverse stakeholder from 19 organizations began an educational and policy process to form a strategic plan to guide developing more of our statewide wind energy potential. 

The Ohio Wind Working Group (OWWG) led by Renewable Energy Specialist Tom Maves of the Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) in the Ohio Dept. of Development was organized under an OEE grant by Green Energy Ohio (GEO).  Similar groups in 17 other states are working with the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Wind Power America program focused on commercial wind development. 

The initial informational session of the OWWG (photo above) considered the status of wind power activity in Ohio, an overview of regional, national and international commercial wind activity and identification of key economic, educational, and political barriers in fashioning an Ohio Wind Power Development Strategic Plan.  Activities and informational resources of the OWWG will appear on this GEO web site.  See Second OWWG Meeting in Cleveland on Feb. 23, 2004.

The first OWWG meeting highlight was a site tour of Ohio first commercial wind turbines - two 1.8 MW Vestas machines hosted by Bowling Green Municipal Utility Director Daryl Stockburger.  During the OWWG meeting under construction west of Bowling Green in a joint venture of the City of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, American Municipal Power - Ohio (AMP-Ohio) and Green Mountain Energy Co.

  Crane the length of a football field built by smaller cranes to erect wind turbine towers

Off-shore wind potential for commercial development in Lake Erie is the most striking finding in the new Ohio Wind Resource Map presented in draft form at the OWWG meeting by Bob Putnam of Truewind Solutions LLC, who presented ?Wind Mapping of Ohio? showing objectives, modern wind maps, mapping process, Ohio?s wind resource, potential vs. accessibility, guidelines for using the wind map, validation and conclusions.

The Ohio Wind Resource Map is expected to be released in early 2004.  It is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Energy Efficiency and US Department of Energy.  Objectives are to develop a high-resolution wind map using MesoMap system, facilitate wind energy siting and planning and applicable to large and small-scale applications.  Modern wind maps utilize advanced atmospheric models and massive computing power. The maps provide wind speed estimates at multiple heights.  High spatial resolution (200 meter grid, or 10 acre squares) with better identify windy sites.  The maps accelerate project planning, reduce development risk and are GIS compatible.  Maps give a good indication of commercial wind potential with high probability of success.

Topics covered in an overview presentation to OWWG by John Dunlop, Midwest Director of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) were: How do modern wind turbines work?  Where are wind farms being developed? How much energy can the US get from wind power?  How does the wind development process work?  See the AWEA web site for Most Frequently Asked Questions About Wind Energy.

GEO Vice President Fletcher Miller discussed the wind resource test tower and resource monitoring by GEO volunteers from August 1999 to November 2000 that proved the Bowling Green site was a Class 3 (or 13 mph average wind speed) justifying investment in utility-scale wind turbine Investment.  Miller also outlined another project from GEO volunteers to test wind on a tower proposed for the water intake crib in Lake Erie 3 miles off Cleveland?s lakeshore.

Subgroups of the OWWG are beginning to consider key issues involving commercial wind development including: (Also see General Links on Utility Scale Wind)

     Siting and Permitting;

     Visual Impacts and Property Values;

    
Proactive Community Involvement and Education;

     Incentives and Policy Issues;

    
Economic Development Potential;

     Resource Assessment and Development Potential;

     Interconnection, Transmission and Other Utility Issues;

     Wind Development Models (Community, Utility, etc.); and,

     Offshore Wind Development.

Ohio Wind Working Group participants at
First Meeting on September 25-26, 2003 in Bowling Green, and
Second Meeting on February 23, 2004 in Cleveland (new attendees with *) were:

American Electric Power ? Mike Mudd, Matt Curtis*(Columbus, Ohio); 

American Wind Energy Association - John Dunlop (Minneapolis, Minnesota);

Arcadia Windpower / Bluewater Wind ? Ed Poole, Rich Nerzig* (New York, New York);

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities - Daryl Stockburger (Bowling Green, Ohio);

Bowling Green State University ? Benjamin Dixon, Charlene Waggoner, Don Scherer 
        (Bowling Green, Ohio); 

Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, David Levitan*,
Molly Schnoke*
(Cleveland, Ohio)

City of Shaker Heights, Green Building Initiative, Jayme Lucas* (Shaker Heights, Ohio);

Community Energy - Eric Blank (Boulder, Colorado), John Halley* (Chicago, Illinois);

Eco City Cleveland, Ryan McKenzie* (Cleveland, Ohio);

Entrepreneurs for Sustainability, Holly Harlan*, (Cleveland, Ohio)

EnXco / Project Resources - Nancy Tronsgard, Paul White (Minneapolis, Minnesota);

First Energy Corp. - Elizabeth Shaw (Akron, Ohio);

Green Energy Ohio ? Greg Kuss, Fletcher Miller, AAron Godwin*, Christina Panoska,
Katya Chistik*, Bill Spratley
 (Columbus & Cleveland, Ohio);

Green Mountain Energy Company - Jim Gravelle (Dublin, Ohio);

Ohio Department of Development Community Development Division, Bill Graves
Ohio Department of Development Office of Energy Efficiency, Tom Maves, Sara Ward
(Columbus, Ohio);

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Randy Sanders* (Columbus, Ohio) ODNR Office of Coastal Management, Bridget Stefan* (Sandusky, Ohio)

Ohio Environmental Council - Dave Rinebolt (Findlay, Ohio);

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation - Dale Arnold (Columbus, Ohio);

Ohio Farmers Union - Joe Logan (Ottawa, Ohio);

Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Buckeye Power - Dave Berger (Columbus, Ohio);

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio / Ohio Power Siting Board - Dan Johnson
        (Columbus,Ohio);

Sustainable Cleveland, Leadership Cleveland H2Ohio, Lisa Hong,* Margie Flynn*,
Ken Silliman* 
(Cleveland, Ohio)

TrueWind Solutions, LLC ? Bob Putnam (Albany, New York);

United States Army Corps of Engineers - Steve Metiviere (Buffalo, New York);

United States Department of Energy Chicago Regional Office - Bill Hui (Chicago, Illinois);

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Mark Conti* (Cleveland, Ohio) 

United States Fish & Wildlife Service - Megan Seymour (Columbus, Ohio).