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CWRU's Great Lakes Energy Institute honored as "Center of Excellence"

Julia Clancy

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: News
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Governor Ted Strickland and Board of Regents chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut recently designated Case Western Reserve University's Great Lakes Energy Institute as one of Ohio's Centers of Excellence in advanced energy. In Ohio, that honor is hard to earn. According to Strictland's website, a recent bill demanded 25 percent of Ohio's electricity production to come from advanced and renewable sources by 2025, making Ohio the state with the third most stringent standards in the nation.

Ohio is ranked in the top five for clean energy job creation, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly production jobs, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. It's also ranked as the nation's best state in renewable and advanced energy manufacturing.

Strickland, who also serves as co-chair for the Appalachian Regional Commission, said that Case, along with the other honored "Centers of Excellence," enables Ohio to be a leader in supplying the world's

advanced energy economies. "That is important for a simple reason - when we grow these industries, we create jobs," he said.

Faculty director J. Iwan D. Alexander explained that GLEI has been working on many projects to position Ohio to be more competitive in the energy arena. "To a large extent, that designation is an

acknowledgement of expertise and that we have real excellence," he said.

GLEI is an organization of researchers, mostly faculty and graduate students that researches progressive, renewable energy. It has recently collaborated with Ohio University, University of Michigan, and Howard University as well as universities in Germany and Denmark, among many others.

Within Case, designated sections, or "alliances," of GLEI are designed to reach out to specific disciplines related to energy research, such as geology, political science and economics. Alexander stressed the

complicated nature of energy research. "It's often driven by politics and economics," he said. "The more we can understand that, the better we can educate people about energy because it puts it into context."

One of its main goals is to increase energy awareness on campus. Merely reminding people to switch off lights is one of its major initiatives. GLEI is interested in a long-term educational mission. "Energy is a problem that'll be around for a while. The more we can do to equip the student body with understanding behind energy, knowledge of what's going on in terms of the technical as well as economic aspects, the better for the student body," said Alexander.
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