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Crain’s editorial: Power play

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CLEVELAND — “It has been a summer of introspection and discussion about what it will take to push Cleveland’s economy in more of an innovative direction and into a higher gear. One project that represents both just received a key state approval and, while it’s still far from becoming a reality, gives us hope for economic improvement and energy independence.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency at the end of July issued a Section 401 water-quality certificate of approval for the Icebreaker project, a $126 million electric power-generating wind farm proposed for Lake Erie. The certificate confirms that Icebreaker complies with federal standards on water pollution.

…A recent report, ‘Powering Ohio: A Vision for Growth and Innovative Energy Investment,’ produced by Synapse Energy Economics in partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute, argues that the state is well positioned to thrive in green energy, due to its status as a “manufacturing powerhouse,” its presence of “dozens of corporate and federal research-and-development centers;” and the 20,000 science, technology, engineering and math students graduating from Ohio colleges and universities.

It offers a compelling vision that a new approach to power in Ohio is in reach.”

— editorial, Crain’s Cleveland Business

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