A regional economic development corporation in Ohio seeks to install the first freshwater offshore wind turbines in the U.S., in the Great Lakes. Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) announced May 24 a long-term partnership agreement with General Electric Co. to supply turbines for LEEDCo’s first 20-MW wind farm in Lake Erie near Cleveland, set to operate in 2012. A 1,000-MW wind farm in the lake is planned for about 2020. LEEDCo has received three responses to a request for proposals for a developer. It expects to announce that partner this month, says Treasurer Richard Stuebi.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.