NE Ohio Finalist in Multimillion Dollar Wind Farm Contest

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CLEVELAND — A proposal to build a wind farm off the shores of Lake Erie is in line to win millions of dollars in support from the government.

Northeast Ohio’s project, dubbed “Icebreaker” is one of seven proposals chosen to advance in a nationwide competition to design and build a wind farm. The U.S. Department of Energy announced the advancing cities Wednesday.

Designers were given $4 million to design the wind farms, and the winner will receive $46 million to build it. If northeast Ohio wins the competition, it will be the first freshwater, offshore wind development in North America.

Three of the final seven wind farm proposals will be chosen to receive full funding to build their design in 2013.

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