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Center for Policy Studies
Public Affairs Discussion Group

The Lake Erie Wind Farm and the Future of Wind Energy

David Matthiesen, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director, Wind Energy Research and Commercialization Center at Case Western Reserve University
Friday October 7, 2016
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

On May 27, the Department of Energy announced plans to award $40 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) to build a six turbine pilot wind farm, the "Icebreaker" project, in Lake Erie by the end of 2018.

DOE's announcement was a major advance after years of effort both to develop appropriate technology for putting wind turbines in a lake that can freeze and to develop the political and commercial conditions to make the project likely to work. While this looks like dramatic progress, offshore wind power is a growing energy source in the UK, Germany, and other countries in Europe. Expansion of capacity has even caused worries about oversupply. In Ohio, meanwhile, environmentalists are raising concerns about dangers to birds; public comments about environmental impacts are being solicited through October 21.

What, then, does "Icebreaker" funding mean for the future of wind energy as part of the local economy and national energy policy? Is it the beginning of a U.S. version of Germany's Energiewende – it's "energy turn" away from fossil fuels?

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guests

Dr. David Matthiesen’s research focuses on the development of technologies in wind energy. He is the director of The Ohio Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (Ohio-WERC) Center. The WERC Center's goal is to combine CWRU engineering expertise with funded facilities to provide platforms for the development of wind power supply chain products and long-term educational and training opportunities. Dr. Matthiesen analyzes the wind turbine located on CWRU’s campus and the effect surrounding buildings have on wind flow around the turbine site in order to improve turbine performance in urban areas. Additionally, Dr. Matthiesen is the research team leader for Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.’s (LEEDCo.) Project Icebreaker, which seeks to establish the first freshwater wind farm off the coast of Lake Erie. His work in wind power also includes measuring the interface strength of ice when it sticks to the turbine blades, which could help improve performance of turbines in temperate climates.

Where We Meet

The Friday Public Affairs Lunch convenes each Friday when classes are in session, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Our programs are open to all and no registration is required. We usually meet in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again. Occasionally we need to use a different room; that will always be announced in the weekly e-mails.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. You can get from the Severance garage to the library without going outside. Near the entry gates - just to the right if you were driving out - there is a door into a corridor. Walk down the corridor and there will be another door. Beyond that door you'll find the entrance to an elevator which goes up to an entrance right inside the doors to Kelvin Smith Library.

Schedule of Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 14: Living Black: Social Life in an African-American Neighborhood.. With Mark S. Fleisher, Research Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Alternate Location: Mather House Room 100.

October 21: The DARPA Robotics Challenge and the Future of Robotics. With Wyatt S. Newman, Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering.

October 28: Macroeconomic Challenges for the Next Administration. With Mark S. Sniderman, Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Economics, Weatherhead School of Management, and former Research Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

November 4: Biennial Political Science Department Pre-Election Forecast Discussion.

November 11: The Unrealized Promise of Libertarianism. With Gus Dizerega, Ph.D., independent political theorist.

November 18: Can Democracy Meet the Challenge of Polarization? With Mark Chupp, Assistant Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Social Sciences.

November 25: Thanksgiving Break.

December 2: Putin's Russia. With Kelly M. McMann, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, International Studies Program.

December 9: Health Care Report Cards – Time for Second Thoughts? With J.B. Silvers, John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance.

October 4, 2016

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Upcoming Events

The Future of Health Care Privacy

A discussion with Kirk J. Nahra, J.D., a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Sponsored by the Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum at the CWRU School of Law.

Data has never been more important for the health care industry. New ways of reaching patients, methods for combining and analyzing data and new devices and applications never before thought possible all give us unprecedented opportunities to improve the health of the population. At the same time, our existing privacy rules, primarily those stemming from the HIPAA statute, focused on somewhat outdated system where only doctors, hospitals and health insurers provided useful data. These rules have worked – for the most part – but present increasing challenges as individuals assert their privacy rights and industry and government seek more opportunities to explore how patient data can improve our health care system. This session will assess today’s baseline for privacy in the health care industry, discussing how the existing rules benefit (or hinder) health care providers, researchers, patients and others in improving the healthcare system.

Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower Memorial

A discussion with Bruce Cole, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Friday, October 7, 2016, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH 44106. Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Department of Art History & Art. Free and open to the public.

Authorized by Congress seventeen years ago, the Eisenhower Memorial is still on the drawing board. Its design by architect Frank Gehry for the National Mall remains unfunded by Congress and the target of a storm of criticism. As a presidentially appointed member of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Bruce Cole, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, had a ringside seat to this saga of power, protest, and politics. His talk will tell the story of the Eisenhower Memorial from its inception to today. It will discuss the history of presidential memorialization (including Cleveland’s Garfield Memorial) and the long and convoluted process of building monuments in our nation’s capitol.

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