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Ex-Trump Adviser Knocks Support for Lake Erie Wind Project

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  • Wind turbines would sit in the middle of Lake Erie in Ohio
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A conservative energy research group led by a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team is taking the administration to task for backing a project that would install six giant wind turbines in the middle of Lake Erie.

“It’s unclear why a technology that is so expensive should be co-funded by U.S. taxpayers,” according to a statement Wednesday from Institute for Energy Research President Thomas Pyle. The $150 million project, which is eligible for as much as $50 million in federal funding, is just too expensive at six times more than a natural gas combined-cycle plant and three to four times as much as an onshore wind plant, the group said.