***This event has been postponed
Icebreaker Wind is a 6-turbine demonstration project to be built 8 miles off downtown Cleveland’s Lake Erie shoreline by Laker Erie Development Corp. (“LEEDCo”). While it will be the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America, there are over a hundred turbines in freshwater throughout Europe with more on the way.
LEEDCo is a non-profit, public-private, regional economic development partnership whose members include the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, Port of Cleveland, and the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula and Lorain, as well as Erie County, PA. LEEDCo is partnering with Fred Olsen Renewables of Norway to permit, construct, and operate the Icebreaker Wind project in Lake Erie.
About the Presenter: Dave Karpinski
As President of LEEDCo, Dave is responsible for many aspects of LEEDCo’s demonstration project, including project management, budget & finance, contract administration & commercial matters, and power offtake agreements. Prior to joining the LEEDCo management team in 2012, he served as a Vice President of NorTech where he launched and went on to lead their advanced energy work in Northeast Ohio.
Mr. Karpinski will discuss the background of Ohio’s energy mix and LEEDCo’s Icebreaker Wind Project. Mr. Karpinski will analyze the process LEEDCo underwent to become certified to operate a small wind farm off Lake Erie. Mr. Karpinski will discuss any surrounding policy that impact the implementation of this new project, provide resources for those interested in supporting this new initiative, and answer any questions from event participants.
Sponsored by the Environmental Students Association
CLE credit: 1 hour pending
Category: CLE Programs, General, Public Lectures