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Energy Composites Corporation Launches Great Lakes Strategy

21 August 2009

Energy Composites Corporation (ECC) announced that it has taken a leadership role in efforts to make the Great Lakes, US, the preferred site for wind farm development over the next decade.

The Company has created the Great Lakes Wind Consortium, and is inviting leaders from government, industry and academia to join efforts to focus on meeting the Federal Government’s renewable energy mandates using offshore wind farms in the wind-rich Great Lakes.

Sam Fairchild, ECC’s CEO, stated that, “The Great Lakes themselves are the hidden solution to the Nation’s mid-term renewable energy needs. Over the last decade, wind farm developers have focused on the on-shore wind corridor -- from Texas to the Dakotas -- as fertile ground for harnessing wind energy, but they have found that our need to upgrade the Nation’s electrical grid, including the development of new technologies to reduce the substantial loss of power that comes with transmission over long distances, to be a significant obstacle to success. And, while the Obama Administration has targeted substantial federal investment towards solving the grid challenge, it likely will be more than a few years before we see real progress there.”

Fairchild added that, “There is an immediate opportunity to meet the Federal mandate of 20% renewables simply by building wind farms in the Great Lakes. The advantages are enormous. The wind profile in the Great Lakes is optimal for wind farms, allowing for the use of larger, offshore turbines, significantly longer, more efficient blades, and cost-savings, water-borne logistics. Most importantly, nearly 23% of the US population lives within 25 miles of the Great Lakes, allowing for short transmission lengths without power loss. We do not have to wait for advancements in grid technology to make substantial progress.”

ECC is inviting the Governors of the Great Lakes States - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York - to join and lead the Coalition, along with leaders of counties and municipalities throughout the region. ECC is also reaching out to participants in the wind energy supply chain in the Great Lakes States, including manufacturers and service providers, as well as financial institutions, investors and developers. The Company intends to host a planning session for the Coalition later this year.





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