Andrew Burger, Microgrid Knowledge
Ohio’s Cuyahoga County and partners have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a developer for what could become a $100 million microgrid district in downtown Cleveland.
Working with the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Public Power and the Cleveland Organization, the county seeks responses to the RFQ by November 15.
Cleveland’s downtown microgrid district would be of a size and scope and nature seen in few microgrids to date. According to project plans, it would encompass Cleveland’s central business district, a two- to three-square-mile area, bound roughly by Interstate 90 and the Cuyahoga River.
Research by Cleveland State University (CSU) found businesses want to relocate to areas with microgrids. Interest is particularly high within finance, insurance, health care, and tech research and manufacturing, all industries that require highly reliable power.
“These same commercial activities also happen to be where the most economic growth is in America right now,” said Andrew Thomas, executive-in-residence for the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Energy Policy Center at CSU.