Supplying Wind in Ohio: A Wind Powering America Success Story
Posted Aug 03 2010 12:00am
While Mother Nature supplies the resource and entrepreneurs build the machines to harness it, the new wind energy industry must overcome other obstacles. Maintaining an adequate supply chain has been identified as a barrier to wind energy development, yet Ohio has one of the best supply chains in the country when it comes to wind.
More than 50 globally competitive companies in the wind energy supply chain span the state. The Ohio Wind Working Group (partially funded by Wind Powering America) identified a plan and guided the Ohio Department of Development's implementation of a $1.3 million project to identify, grow, support, and market the wind supply chain in Ohio.
A "matchmaking" service allows turbine manufacturers with supply chain needs to connect with component manufacturers in the state. As a result, Ohio is transforming its steel and mining industry base while employing workers to supply future energy needs.
In addition, the Ohio Energy Office sponsored a collaborative project led by the Great Lakes Wind Network, with the help of Ohio's Edison Centers, to identify 300 companies with the ability to retool, retrofit, and replace facilities. These business strategies serve to meet the growing demand for wind power components.
Locate active and emerging companies in the Ohio wind supply chain.