Cleveland Foundation President Richard writes: "Region should be a hub of the power business"

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 07/26/2006 - 11:46.

It was terrific to see Cleveland Foundation President Ronn Richard write an opinion column in the Plain Dealer today expressing his vision for developing an alternative energy industry in Northeast Ohio. This has been a topic of considerable discussion in Cleveland for two years, going back to several excellent Tuesdays@REI, back in the day, and more recently wind has become a visible promise on the horizon of Cleveland, with the installation of a turbine in front of the Great Lakes Science Center.

Ronn clarifies below what are his objectives for wind in NEO, which is not just to take as much of the region off the traditional electric grid as possible, but to build alternative energy technologies here, as a workforce and industrial development for the future. There is not doubt that is an excellent strategy with strong support in the region, and absolutely no opposition.

At the end of his column, Ronn writes "We're pressing for a move to advanced energy as an imperative for national security, local economic security and a healthier planet. Won't you join us?... Call Richard Stuebi at the Cleveland Foundation to get involved: 216-685-2011." There is also an opportunity to hear Mr. Stuebi speak at Case tomorrow - see

I took the picture at the top of this posting from Ronn Richard's office at the Cleveland Foundation, several months ago, and he spoke with complete confidence in his ability to make the alternative energy industry a strength of this region, so I am completely confident this will occur - those interested in that outcome should read Ronn's complete column below and follow through on his request - contact the Cleveland Foundation and get involved!

A chance to define the future of energy - Region should be a hub of the power business

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 - Ronald B. Richard

If you've driven by the Great Lakes Science Center recently, you probably noticed the newest addition to the Cleveland skyline: a wind turbine.

What's that doing there?

The short answer: It's generating electricity. The turbine should supply roughly 7 percent of the energy requirements of the science center.

But the organizations that partnered to install this turbine had bigger ideas in mind than generating a few kilowatt hours. For the Cleveland area to rebound to prominence, we must spawn several new industries and create tens of thousands of new jobs. We believe that advanced energy could become one such industry.

It's increasingly clear that we face an enduring energy crisis. Prices for gasoline and natural gas have more than doubled since 2000 and very well could continue their climb. Globally, oil demand is soaring, but supplies of petroleum are not keeping pace, and remaining reserves are increasingly concentrated in the Middle East.

If that weren't bad enough, global climate change is becoming a more urgent concern. Burning oil, gas and especially coal causes climate change, yet we continue burning these fossil fuels with impunity.

Weaning modern society from our dependence on oil and decelerating climate change represent two of the biggest challenges the human race has ever faced. But they also represent huge economic opportunities.

Globally, more than $4 trillion is spent each year on "conventional" energy. This industry must be replaced by a multitrillion-dollar "advanced" energy industry, which must be invented largely from scratch.

Although advanced energy opportunities are being pursued aggressively worldwide, no one place has much of a head start. In other words, no region is coming to define advanced energy, as Houston represents the oil and gas industry.
We submit that Cleveland should aim to become one of the world's leading hubs of activity in advanced energy, an aspiration that requires concerted regional efforts spanning decades.

Locally, we have tremendous strengths essential to success. Our academic institutions and industrial corporations offer deep expertise in solving technical and commercial challenges.

If we succeed, we can create an industrial cluster employing tens of thousands of area citizens, generating billions of dollars in economic activity. And we can lose our self-imposed rust-belt image and recapture our civic pride.

We didn't install the wind turbine at the science center merely as a hopeful first step toward an offshore wind farm on Lake Erie. Rather, it's a symbolic display to excite citizens and children, inventors and entrepreneurs about the real possibility of becoming the primary American supplier of wind turbines, solar panels, fuel cells, clean coal and whatever other new advanced technologies will supply the ever-growing demand for energy in an enduring fashion. 

The Cleveland Foundation is playing a lead role and investing heavily in catalyzing advanced energy activities in the region. Recently we hired Richard Stuebi, our new BP fellow for energy and environmental advancement, to spearhead these efforts.

We are not alone in our commitment to advanced energy: Dozens of organizations and scores of people have joined us. But we need more help.

We need government leaders at all levels to address the energy crisis and stimulate advanced energy solutions. We need local corporations to step up in developing advanced energy products and services. We need utility companies to be open to embracing innovation. And perhaps most important, we need you to participate in the political process by voicing your concern, pushing for change and supporting advanced energy.

The lone wind turbine at the science center is but a symbol of our vision for our region. It's time for Northeast Ohio to transform itself. The answer is blowing in the wind: We're pressing for a move to advanced energy as an imperative for national security, local economic security and a healthier planet. Won't you join us?

Call Richard Stuebi at the Cleveland Foundation to get involved: 216-685-2011.

Richard is president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation.


N.B.  Nice shot Norm.  See reflection of wind turbine model on inside of office glass.   This is not a view of the new GLSC 225kw Vestas.

No, but the GLCS Turbine was humming today!

I'll give the GLSC Wind Turbine credit for making quite a statement when it is spinning, and today was a nice windy day and the turbine was flying! It is actually very distrating going east on Rt2/I90 coming off the high-rise bridge, past the stadium and suddenly the turbine is right in front of you, as you veer a bit south... I can't wait until that is a common site around NEO... perhaps soon - certainly in our not too distant future... I'm already looking into some cool turbine models for my paretns house that are vertical columns that spin with wind from any direction... they are from windways in Finland... I'll post about that when I have a bit more time.

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VAWT's have inherent harmonics issue

Because blades on a VAWT go from compression to tension every revolution, they induce vibration and shake and noise into the tower and into the mounting.  May not be the best design to mount on a residence because they will propogate noise into the structure (all nite!) 

Where is the KW output reading for the GLSC turbine?  Outside the ticket turnstile, or inside for a Pay-per-view?




Check out windside turbines of Finland

Bill MacDermott of Cleveland Solar and Wind has stepped up to help figure out alternative energy and conservation options for my parents' home and the Star complex and he pointed to fo Findland as makers of innovative wind turbine design - do take a look at their site and let me know what you think. Imagine NEO developing a wind manufacturing industry here leveaging great design like that, coming from the CIA. Will these wind turbines vibrate? That should be easy to find out... any other suggestions are welcome here.

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