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Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 14:35.
The Buffalo News reports today that the complicated gearboxes on the Clipper wind turbines in Lackawanna, New York have caused the facility to shut down. The photo above was taken in September of 2007 and shows the eight Clipper turbines on the old Bethlehem slag heaps with Buffalo in the left hand background.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 16:00.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 17:41.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has been collecting a quarter percent more sales and use tax for almost 3 months now - since October 1, 2007. Projected by Commissioners Tim Hagan and Jimmy Dimora at about one million per week, that extrapolates to about 11 million in the County coffers from the added sales tax.
I accompanied Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed, (center with clip board above) a number of times as he collected signatures in order to allow a County wide referendum vote to determine if the voters would support such a tax.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 16:06.
BREWED FRESH DAILY HAS A THREAD which carries a discussion which I believe it is important for everyone in NEO to read. The thread is especially important now that the City of Cleveland is looking desperately for immediate cash-back from the taxpayers’ UDAG loans.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 11/21/2007 - 00:59.
I've sadly watched the better part of an important historic block, in an important historic neighborhood, fronting an important historic park, be demolished and cleared without so much as a peep of concern from anyone in NEO, other than on REALNEO. Are we really so disengaged, or are we just so dumbfounded by the rapid succession of bad plans coming from NEO leadership that we can't keep up and focus. The block I question, today's header above (full size image here), was a wonderful grouping of interesting mixed use urban landmarks, complimenting the astounding Rockefeller Park to the west, University Circle to the south, and the surrounding Wade Park neighborhood, now a massive demolition zone that looks suspiciously like a surface parking lot. In a few short weeks, "they" have done immeasurable damage, and that is exactly how leaders in this region operate... quietly destroying what they may and explaining what they must as they must, largely through their Plain Dealer. Already, I doubt there are many people who remember the buildings just demolished here, or the many mature Rockefeller Park oak trees ripped from their roots in the haste of greed (did they have a right and permit to do that)... see the earlier demolition picture here to see the beautiful setting before this eco-disaster. Seeing the trees gone made me wonder what evil "they" lurks behind this tragedy, and of course learned this is another Carney Port Authority bond deal, this time to be repaid at the expense of Cleveland taxpayers, to enrich a new character on the "developer" scene... Michael Forlani... CEO of Doan Pyramid Electric, of Bedford Heights, Ohio, and a major Republican contributor, who has formed a new company, Veterans Development, LLC, to process $ millions in federal and Cleveland taxpayer contributions to his bottom line, this time routed through the Federal Veterans Administration. This deal is an extreme example of what is wrong in Northeast Ohio and America today.
Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Sat, 11/17/2007 - 12:29.
Pacific Northwest is example of energy boom — and worried biologists
PORTLAND, Ore. - Wind energy may be emerging as an important alternative power source for the Northwest, but there are concerns about the danger to hawks and eagles as turbines expand to wild areas of the Columbia River Gorge.
By year's end, more than 1,500 turbines will be churning out electricity in the windy gorge. Until now, most of the projects have gone up in wheat fields — cultivated land that long ago drove away the rodents that raptors hunt. But as wind energy developers move into wilder areas along the ridge of the gorge, near canyons and shrub-covered rangeland, birds could be at risk from the 150-foot blades of giant turbines.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Wed, 11/14/2007 - 22:32.
While Bill Mason and Richard Stuebi and the Cuyahoga Energy "Task Force" have lunches in the Thompson Hine Key Center and talk about their "Study" of about 10 wind turbines about 3 miles out in Lake Erie off of Cleveland - turbine towers are being trucked NOW NOW NOW East on I90 through Ohio to installation locations where they will produce electricity TOMORROW, TOMORROW, TOMORROW.
But that's ok, because Cuyahoga has a well padded and vibrant economy - so we can afford to reach for the iconic lake wind MOON and let our more practical and hungrier neighbors put their money into the real thing.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 11/09/2007 - 18:40.
Neither the Gund Foundation nor the Cleveland Foundation made a peep to preserve the Breuer, and two of our County Commissioners (with the exception of Mr. Lawson-Jones) are (at best) too ignorant to appreciate the international architectural jewel which Jacobs bought and sold to the County (The Breuer Tower, like the Coast Guard Station, shows Jacobs has erudite architectural taste?).
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 11/01/2007 - 10:45.
While looking on Green City Blue Lake for a posting on the Breuer, I came across an interesting article by Marc Lefkowitz called "Warm up to district geothermal in Cleveland", which writes "Representatives from Case, UCI, Cleveland Clinic, city of Cleveland, Flats East Bank and Neighborhood Progress, Inc.— which is considering geothermal district power at its St. Luke’s development—met yesterday (October 22, 2007) at the Cleveland Foundation" to discuss "The economics of district-wide geothermal". It seems these groups are exploring large scale geothermal projects to help meet large energy needs, like for University Hospitals.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 18:01.
Thanks to Crain’s for bringing this into the light.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 09/11/2007 - 16:18.
09/13/2007 - 12:00
09/13/2007 - 14:00
The Cuyahoga County Energy Task Force is scheduled to conduct a public meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at the Offices of Thompson Hine LLP on the 39 Floor of the Key Building, Downtown Cleveland.
Key Tower, 39th floor
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 11:51.
On Friday August 31, 2007, while Air Show jets stalled out conversations and blasted ear drums, Susan Miller and I visited the “open house” at the Post designed Cleveland Trust Rotunda building which sits on the corner of Euclid and 9th next to the Marcel Breuer designed Cleveland Trust Tower in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Lee Trotter had announced this open house at the County Commissioners meeting the day before and the Dirty Dealer had carried the news a few days prior. I wondered, why is the County doing this?
Submitted by Zebra Mussel on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 21:04.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 08/02/2007 - 13:18.
Fools rush in - if you are for a sales tax to build a con center and kennedy mart - you honestly believe that this will trickle down and improve the NEO economy - then you should READ the resolutions (sales tax, use tax) passed by Cuyahoga County Commissioners Hagan and Dimora. Look at the second line of either resolution. "money goes into general fund". There is no language in the resoluions that says that either the sales or use tax is for a con center and kennedy mart. This tax will go on for 20 years sucking in about a million a week. Where will Hagan and Dimora be in 2008 when their terms expire? Promises, Promises. Printed in the Plain Dealer.
And Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who voted "against" the tax is in fact complicit. If he was really against the tax but for a con center (with support from hotel bed taxes as he said) Mr. Jones would have raised in the public hearings the fact that the resolutions were for money going into the general fund, not into a con center account. Omitting to exercise this ringing argument puts Mr. Jones in a catagory of strong doubt about being "against" the tax.
So, if you REALLY want a concenter and kenmart you would do well to sign a referendum petition right away to help putitontheballot.com this spring. Then you can vote the present resolutions down, and insist that the Commissioners introduce and pass new resolutions which spell out specifically in the resolutions what the sales tax will be used for.
But then again, maybe you were born yesterday.
Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 07/21/2007 - 14:37.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 09:44.
Here's the photo of the Breuer Building which respectfully reflects the Breuer neighboring buildings. Where has the Cleveland Foundation been during the discussion of the removal of the Marcel Breuer Building out of downtown Cleveland, Ohio?
The CF hasn't been shy about lobbying for wind energy, for which the Foundation is to be applauded. And the wind energy issue certainly has a political side – the other side from the republican oil and gas industry. Why doesn't the CF jump in on this historic preservation issue?
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 07/08/2007 - 23:38.
Beauty inside the mind of the beholder? sure, but education from our peers who know the difference helps get us up the ladder of appreciation. Here's a shot from the plebian street...GOT UGLY? Marcel Breuer – do you get it?
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Mon, 06/04/2007 - 17:46.
Ted Kennedy, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, Robert Kennedy Jr., Senator John Warner, Mitt Romney, Christy Mihos, and Walter Cronkite all have direct personal and family connections to Cape Cod. They or their family or relatives have vacation houses on the Cape, they have money, and they don’t want Global Warming to be fought in their own back yard. And you can’t see carbon dioxide.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 05/27/2007 - 02:53.
Located in the heart of the historic Hough Bakeries Complex is the Inner Circle, a weekend club and reception facility operated for the past 7 years by the Hot Sauce Williams family. Starting shortly, operation of the Inner Circle will expand to extended hours every day, featuring a cybercafe, meeting space, computer terminals, free wifi, independent film, the Linux Cafe, art, culture, and great food, coffee, and even wine tastings, via a broader partnership of friends. This pan is from the deck and patio area, and features Guyanese chef and reggae performer and DJ Edwin, who will help operate the Inner Circle, shown with Hot Sauce Williams founder LeMaud Williams, as well.
Submitted by Charles Frost on Tue, 05/08/2007 - 10:05.
US National Archives & Records Administration Facility,
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 04/30/2007 - 21:06.
I recently posted on realneo about a report I saw on CNN profiling Lucien Gambarota, an inventor in Hong Kong who has developed and begun manufacturing micro wind turbines - see http://realneo.org/Micro-Wind-Turbines. He is also working on technologies to capture energy from waves, and hybrids of wind and wave.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 04/25/2007 - 18:20.
While not currently a powerhouse in Free Open Source Software (FOSS), Northeast Ohio is positioned to begin excelling with FOSS in some very strategic ways that may add great value to the regional economy.
Because of FOSS, we may now bridge the digital divide more quickly and completely here than has any other large urban center in America, we may soon have the highest percentage of workforce properly educated for the new economy, and we may lead the world in some fields of application development and technology innovation with global, open standards, all if the region now embraces FOSS..
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 04/24/2007 - 22:12.
04/30/2007 - 11:30
04/30/2007 - 12:30
The Foundation Center-Cleveland is hosting a free brown bag lunch with
The Foundation Center - Cleveland
1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1600Cleveland, OH
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 04/20/2007 - 14:17.
I offer these flowers for Mr. Bartimole and Mr. Renner to put on their desks. Their's is the type of reportage which we need more of in Ohio.
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 16:13.
Cuyahoga County has issued RFQ 8382 for a so called “Feasability Study concerning Lake Eire Wind Energy Center”. See County site here. Responses are due April 23. 2007 The "Center" is not a center as in a building, but an offshore installation of turbines.