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Ohio Gets Mixed Results in Wind Power Study

The report comes from the American Wind Energy Association, whose researchers examined all 50 states for working wind power capacity, parts manufacturing, and state LAWS favorable to the industry.

Denise Bode heads the group - and praised the Buckeye state because a significant number of the industry's 85,000 jobs are here.

Bode calls Ohio's Northwest corner the wind industry's 'Silicon Valley'.

DENISE BODE: "in terms of job creation and wind manufacturing, you're in the top three of U.S. states in potential and you have added or announced 20 new manufacturing facilities, so that is pretty darn cool."

But when it comes to Ohio's usage of wind power - the state ranks near the bottom, with less than 10% of the capacity of the nation's leading states, and reliance on wind power is far greater in nearby states, including Michigan, Indian, and West Virginia.

Despite a lot of talk about this abundant form of alternative energy, Ohio has no wind generated power to speak of.

Lake Erie is the potential site of the Great lakes first off-shore wind farm, and the A.W.E.A. is cuatiously optomistic; but says it will require a long view about recouping investments.

Again, Denise Bode.

BODE: "If somebody's going to invest billions of dollars in building new manufacturing facilities and basically training a whole supply chain of folks to make the 8,000 parts; they've got to have a long-term commitment."

Bode SAYS the wind industry injected $17 Billion into the U.S. economy last year.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.