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Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force

Mission: To promote Advanced Energy in our region for the purpose of:

  • Economic development, by stimulating job creation through new research and manufacturing opportunities
  • Reducing economic exposures associated with fossil fuel use, by accelerating supplies of alternative energy sources for local consumers
  • Environmental improvement by reducing air emissions associated with fossil fuel consumption and thereby improve regional air quality
  • National recognition, becoming a leader in Advanced Energy technology development and implementation

Great Lakes Wind Energy Center Feasibility Study Final Report

Please mark your calendars:

The October meeting of the Great Lakes Energy Task Force will be held Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Lakeside Place, 323 W. Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland- Room 140- 1st floor conference room.

A lunch will be available for $7.00 cash (no checks or credit cards). Please be mindful that when you RSVP, unless specified, we are ordering a lunch for you. If you do not attend, that lunch still needs to be paid for by the host. Because we move meeting places every month- we are unable collect double payments as pricing may vary.
Please RSVP your attendance to Maureen Joyce  at 216-443-7868 or, no later than  Tuesday, October 9 at 10:00 a.m. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please do not RSVP.


Task Force

The Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (“Task Force”) was created to explore the legal, technical, environmental, economic, and financial aspects of developing and implementing advanced energy technologies in Cuyahoga County. The Task Force was launched to respond to volatile world markets for fossil fuel based energy, address Federal Clean Air Non-Attainment Status, and capture the growing economic development potential for green and renewable industries. 

The Cuyahoga County Department of Development operates as the fiscal agent for the Task Force and coordinates the economic development leads that are generated through the Task Force.

The goal of Task Force is to research and develop an approach for incorporating advanced energy as a critical component of the Region’s energy portfolio and economic development profile. Offshore wind, and more generally, is the primary focus of the Task Force.

Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force Recommends a Feasibility Study for an off-shore wind energy research/development center

Beyond wind energy, the Task Force recognizes the economic and environmental opportunities presented by other advanced energy technologies. These technologies include, but are not limited to: solar power, bio-fuels such as ethanol, electricity generated from surplus heat or steam, energy efficiency technologies such as LED lighting, and fuel cells. Opportunities for economic development and environmental improvement associated with these technologies are also being investigated by the Task Force.

Chaired by County Prosecutor William D. Mason, the Task Force is comprised of a network of individuals and organizations structured to involve citizens, governments, for-profit, and non-profit sectors of the community.

The Task Force meets on the second Thursday of each month to discuss findings of its subcommittees, review other developments from the preceding month, and plan upcoming activities to capture opportunities associated with advanced energy that will enhance the Region’s economy, health, welfare, security, and technological prominence. Based on its findings, the Task Force makes recommendations to the County Commissioners and the broader community for implementation.

Task Force meetings are open to the public, and interested parties are welcome to attend. However, we request that you reserve a place at these meetings since seating is limited.  Contact Maureen Joyce for the date, time, and location of the next Task Force Meeting.

Maureen Joyce
Prosecutor's Office
Phone: 216.443.7868

Development Contact Information

Gregory Zucca
Strategic Program Officer