Advanced And Renewable Energy

Sustainable Cleveland 2019’: Together, We’re Building a Thriving Green City on a Blue Lake Day One: Year of Clean Water

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Sustainability Jenita McGowan welcomed approximately 500 local business and non-profit leaders, government officials, community members, students and educators to the seventh annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit held at the Cleveland Public Auditorium. This year’s keynote speaker for day-one of the two-day event was Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Director of Research and Co-Founder, 5 Gyres Institute.

Mayor Jackson began Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC2019) in 2009 as a way to involve the entire community in developing and implementing a 10-year economic development strategy and to transform the local economy into a sustainable one by 2019. The annual summit provides a venue to update the community on key local and regional accomplishments and the progress of current initiatives, as well as influence public policy to support the growth of a sustainable economy in Cleveland.

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.

Advanced and Renewable EnergyCity 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 August 2015, about 60,000 CEI customers receive both a fixed price on electricity and 50% of their electricity from green energy sources. As a result, Clevelanders gain price protection, support renewable energy, and help reduce 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 out” of the program or “opt in” to 100% green energy or conventional energy sourced mostly from nuclear, coal, and natural gas. 

After researching competitive electricity pricing options, The City of Cleveland selected Constellation Energy Services, Inc. to provide aggregation services. The City negotiated a competitive price of $0.0701 / kWh, providing price protection and rate stability for customers. This pricing will continue through the July 2017 meter read. 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.