Advanced And Renewable Energy

In tandem with energy efficiency, advanced and renewable energy is vital to the revitalization of Cleveland’s economy. The City is becoming a leader in advanced energy generation by collaborating with public, private, and institutional leaders to develop wind, solar, municipal solid waste-to-energy and co-generation capabilities.

For the Sustainable Cleveland initiative, 2013 is also Celebration Year for Advanced and Renewable Energy in Northeast Ohio. Clevelanders are invited to get involved all year long as jobs are created through the development of clean energy sources.

This video, which premiered at Sustainable Cleveland's 2012 Annual Summit, illustrates that Advanced and Renewable Energy works in Northeast Ohio.  Technologies highlighted include geothermal heat pumps, solar energy, offshore and onshore wind energy, solar thermal hot water, electrical vehicles, and anaerobic digesters.

Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard
In June 2008, the City of Cleveland adopted a citywide Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS). The standard ensures that 15% of Cleveland Public Power’s energy comes from advanced or renewable sources by 2015, 20% by 2020, and 25% by 2025. The City also actively lobbied for the statewide AEPS that was passed in 2008.

Wind Energy Regulations
In 2009, The City updated the zoning code regulations to ensure that wind energy facilities are developed and maintained to maximize utilization of Cleveland’s wind energy resources while protecting public health, safety and welfare.

City of Cleveland Municipal Aggregation Program
The City of Cleveland's community aggregation program provides residential and small commercial Cleveland Electric Illuminating (CEI) customers the opportunity to save money on their electric bills. Since July 2013, about 65,000 CEI customers receive both a 21% electricity bill savings off the market rate (or Price to Compare) AND 100% of their electricity from green energy sources. In recognition of this achievement, the World Wildlife Fund has honored Cleveland with a "Bright Place to Live" Award for Choosing 100% Renewable Electricity. more >>

Since their July 2013 meter readings, CEI customers have received electricity from the following sources:

  • 50% Hydropower
  • 30% Ohio Wind Generation
  • 20% out-of-state wind generation.

This aggregation saves customers money, supports Ohio and regional renewable projects, and reduces Cleveland’s carbon footprint.

Through governmental aggregation, a community purchasing program, the City of Cleveland leverages group buying power for the purchase of electricity. The City of Cleveland program was approved by voters in November of 2000. CEI customers in the City of Cleveland are automatically enrolled in the program. Customers received a letter allowing them to “opt in” to conventional energy sourced mostly from nuclear, coal, and natural gas. These customers receive a discount of 24% off the Price to Compare.

After researching competitive electricity pricing options, The City of Cleveland selected FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., to provide 100% renewable electric generation through July 2015. For the previous aggregation from June 2010 – June 2013, the discount rate was 6% below the Price to Compare for residents and 4% for small businesses, all sourced from conventional sources. more >>

Offshore Wind Energy
LEEDCo was founded in 2009 as a result of the work of the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, and is leading the community's efforts to build and install an initial offshore wind pilot project near Cleveland in Lake Erie. This pilot is a first step toward the eventual installation of 1,000 MW of wind capacity in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie by 2020. This project would be the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. The City has partnered with Green Energy Ohio and Case Western Reserve University, among others, to conduct feasibility studies for offshore wind potential. Cleveland Public Power has committed to purchase 5 MW of energy from this project.

Onshore Wind Monitoring and Energy Assessment
The City of Cleveland’s  Department of Public Utilities contracted juwi Wind LLCto conduct a roughly year-long onsite wind resource monitoring and assessment of wind energy generation potential at two sites near the Lake Erie shoreline - Garret Morgan Water Treatment Plant and a private company called Jergens. Studies were completed in 2011 using 60 meter high meteorological towers (met towers). The analysis and final report submitted in 2012 indicates good energy generation potential at these sites. However, a more detailed analysis is required to assess the economic feasibility of onshore wind turbine projects at these sites.

Collinwood Solar Thermal
The Solar Thermal system at the Collinwood Recreation Center, which opened in 2011, provides domestic hot water needs for the facility’s sinks and showers. The system consists of 16 solar collectors that are roof mounted on the natatorium and connected to four 115-gallon solar water tanks.

Rockefeller Greenhouse Solar Demonstration
Opened in 2011, the StarGenTM Solar Photovoltaic concentrator demonstration project at Cleveland’s Rockefeller Greenhouse is a collaboration between Cleveland Public Power, American Municipal Power (AMP) and GreenField Solar.

The StarGenTM solar concentrator is a green technology, which provides an efficient source of energy while decreasing the use of non-renewable fossil fuels. The system is an alternative energy approach, which utilizes one of the greatest natural resources, the sun, to produce both electricity and thermal energy for residential, commercial and industrial use. The specialized PhotoVoltTM solar cells used at the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse project were invented by a former NASA scientist at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Collinwood BioEnergy 
The Collinwood BioEnergy facility is an anaerobic digestion facility located on Cleveland’s east side. This facility applies proven, advanced anaerobic digestion technology to produce electricity from organic waste (biomass). Cleveland Public Power is currently purchasing power from this facility, which is capable of producing 1.3MW of electricity.

Collinwood BioEnergy is of special significance to Cleveland as it was constructed on the grounds of the former Collinwood GM Fisher Body Plant. The Collinwood facility is helping bring jobs and investment to a community still struggling from the loss of the GM factory decades ago. Collinwood BioEnergy represents a partnership between Quasar Energy and Forest City, and was made possible through funds from the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development, the State of Ohio, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.