Gannon University to Host Panel Discussion on Wind Energy

Wind TurbinePosted: September 12, 2013

Gannon University will host a panel discussion on wind energy on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Zurn Science Center, Room 101, at 143 W. Seventh St. in Erie. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel is called "Great Lakes Off-Shore Wind Power: Update from Cleveland and What is in it for Northwest PA?" and it is organized by the Northwest Pennsylvania Green Economy Taskforce (NWPAGE) and the Clean Air Council. A representative of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) will provide an update on the Icebreaker project in Cleveland, which would be the first offshore wind installation in the Great Lakes. Two local panelists will discuss how responsible development of offshore wind power in Pennsylvania waters can benefit the northwestern Pennsylvania region.

The panel members include Eric Ritter, the communications and strategy manager for LEEDCo; John Rossi, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, co-chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club Global Warming Committee and chair of the Lake Erie Group of the Sierra Club Conservation Committee; and Don Goldstein, Ph.D., professor of economics at Allegheny College.

For more information, contact Steve Porter, co-chair of the NWPAGE, at or 814-323-4623.