A broad coalition in Northeast Ohio has been working for more than three years to put offshore wind projects in Lake Erie near Cleveland. This group is so far from "the usual suspects" you would expect to find pushing renewable energy that it has actually been led by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason.
But here is the critical point: The coalition is not doing this just to put turbines in the water; it is doing it primarily to enable Ohio industries and workers to supply the billions of dollars in component parts that will make up those offshore turbines. Coalition members are also doing it because they recognize that offshore wind will require substantial innovations if it is to be competitive. Innovations can be developed and introduced by Ohio industries.