THE GREAT LAKES ARE ON COURSE TO GET WIND GENERATION AND AN INITIAL
SPURT OF 500 JOBS TO BUILD AND SERVICE IT
Freshwater Offshore Wind Energy Facility
A project to build what would be the first freshwater offshore wind energy facility in the Great Lakes has received approval in Ohio, and has passed judicial muster when the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that a lower court had properly rejected an environmental challenge to the building of the project. The Ohio Power Siting Board approved a plan by Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) for its six-turbine “Icebreaker Wind” project, set to generate
about 20.7 MW of power.
Big Wind Energy Plans For Lake Erie
Plans call for construction of Icebreaker Wind northwest of Cleveland, about 9 miles offshore in Lake Erie. An electric connection line would deliver power from the turbines to Cleveland Public Power’s lakefront substation. LEEDCo is a nonprofit public-private partnership working with a Cleveland-based unit of Norwegian wind project developer Fred.