Cleveland, Similar Cities Could Produce Most of Their Energy: Ohio State Study

Ohio State University’s research arm of the College of Agriculture found that Cleveland has the potential to generate 100 percent of their energy needs, which would save millions of dollars, help the environment and create local jobs. The city’s energy consumption profile was composed and local resources assessed and it was found that Cleveland was rich in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, conversion of waste to energy, and biofuels. Various scenarios were created by the research team to integrate renewable energy into Cleveland’s energy consumption in varying degrees, from utilizing wind power in abandoned parking lot to the aggressive 100 percent local generation of power through offshore wind power. Incorporating a portion of these energy solutions would cut spending, reduce pollution and create local jobs; it is an interesting answer to the city’s reliance on imported energy, one that allows the city to control the aggressiveness. 

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