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GE signs Lake Erie offshore deal

US: GE has signed a partnership deal with the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDC)) to develop a 20MW offshore wind farm on the lake.

Promotional images of GE's 4MW offshore turbine
Promotional images of GE's 4MW offshore turbine

LEEDCO a regional non-profit development corporation with an eventual aim to build 1GW of wind energy projects on the Ohio waters of the lake. The announcement of the partnership was made at this week's Windpower conference in Dallas.

The companies plan to complete the wind farm by the end of 2012.

The project will use GE's upcoming 4MW offshore direct drive turbine. The product is currently in development and represents GE's return to the offshore market.

In addition to building the 20MW wind farm, the two partners will work on advocacy and public policy issues to increase support for offshore wind energy.

Speaking about the deal, GE vice president Victor Abate said: "Offshore wind has the potential to create thousands of new jobs in Ohio and become a major source of economic growth.

"Working with LEEDCO we have made significant progress to make offshore wind in Lake Erie a reality.

"We look forward to installing our next generation offshore, direct drive wind technology in Lake Erie. GE is committed to working with LEEDCO to achieve its vision of creating an offshore wind sector in Northern Ohio and the Great Lakes region."

 

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