News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Metro RTA

Levin Furniture

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Physical work begins next week on Lake Erie's experimental wind farm
A special vessel starts testing the lake bed's soil where the wind turbines will go

Kevin Niedermier
A jack-up barge like this one from marine equipment rental company Andrie Specialized Division will arrive in Cleveland tomorrow. The vessel will be fitted with a drill to take soil samples at the Lake Erie wind farm site.
Courtesy of Andrie Specialized Division
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The first physical work on Lake Erie’s experimental wind farm begins off Cleveland’s shore next week.

Tomorrow, a specialized barge is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland. The vessel will take soil samples from the lake bed to determine what kind of structures are necessary to support the project's wind turbines.

Dave Karpinski is vice president of the Lake Erie Development Corp., the organization developing the wind farm to prove inland lakes can be energy sources. He says the project’s engineers have soil condition estimates from the site seven miles off-shore. But the actual soil samples are necessary to move forward.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:15)

“They’ll take this actual data and compare it to the estimate. So if it’s pretty close to the estimate, there’s not much work to do. If it’s a lot different from the estimates, there might have to be some tweaks to the foundation’s conceptual design. That will happen in June.”

Construction of the wind farm is expected to begin in about three years. It is scheduled to be the nation’s first freshwater wind project. Meanwhile, Karpinski says the project is competing with seven other wind projects for one of three Department of Energy grants. The winners of those $47 million grants will be announced next year.   

Related Links & Resources
The Lake Erie Development Corporation

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Rep. John Boccieri sworn into office and hopes to look for 'middle ground' with colleagues
Welcome back to the Statehouse, John. You are a terrific representative in the truest sense always representing the people's voice in teh district you serve. ...

Lawmakers call for indefinite freeze on Green Energy standards
It's a shame the Hudson Rep. Chooses to mimic the words of the extreme right senator on his way out to join ALEC when we know the Pope was just here because of...

Youngstown Schools file suit against the Ohio Department of Education to stop the implementation of an academic distress commission
Voters should ask WHY this plan was rushed into law under the cover of darkness. What clues point to the beneficiaries of this plan? Both Patrick O'Donnell of...

Great Lakes conference considers a range of threats
Your article states "Studies discovered over half of all PAHs found in the Great Lakes region come from a single source: Coal tar sealants.". I'm curious to whi...

ODOT awards Kent-based Davey Research Group nearly $50,000 to improve highway landscapes
This is an outrageous waste of taxpayer's money. Good for only Davey Tree and their cronies in the State government. It takes $50k to figure out the way to save...

Canton: another Northeast Ohio city is planning its comeback
Historic Ridgewood and the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority have no seats at the table. Very flawed right out of the gate. Ridgewood pays a huge percentage...

Property owners oppose a wind farm in Northern Ohio
Here is a link, exposing the connivance of the fossil fuel industry, in trying to prevent us from moving away from their outdated, filthy, and expensive forms o...

A new industry in Ohio aims to repurpose river sediment
and where do those PCB's end up??the story never says

A safe space: How Northeast Ohio colleges try to fight sexual assault
Very good and thorough job on a very sensitive topic!

Akron police shoot and kill a man following a North Hill robbery
Was on scene when they was trying to bring him back to life he looked dead there before he ever got into ambulance

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University