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Ohio Approves Construction of Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

Power News - Published on Tue, 26 May 2020

Image Source: Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project
The Ohio Power Siting Board has issued a conditioned certificate providing Icebreaker Windpower an opportunity to move forward with the construction of six wind turbines in Lake Erie. The Icebreaker Wind project is planned to be located 8 to 10 miles off the shore of Cleveland. Each of the project’s six turbines will have a nameplate generating capacity rating of 3.45 MW, with a combined capacity of up to 20.7 MW. The project will include a 12-mile long submerged cable to transmit the electricity generated by the wind turbines to Cleveland Public Power’s onshore Lake Road Substation.

Under the terms of the certificate, Icebreaker Wind must comply with 33 conditions prior, during and after the construction of the project, as well as during facility operation. Among these conditions, Icebreaker Wind must conduct radar studies and, based on these studies, provide the OPSB with a bird and bat impact mitigation plan, including a collision monitoring plan.

Until additional information is provided to the OPSB, Icebreaker Wind must completely feather turbines, stopping them from rotating, during nighttime hours from March 1 through November 1 as an initial bird and bat risk mitigation measure. This condition reduces operations during the periods when there is a heightened risk to bird and bat populations. Icebreaker can seek, through a public and transparent process, to modify this feathering condition once it has collected and submitted actual monitoring information to the OPSB.

Icebreaker Wind filed its application for the facility with the OPSB in February 2017. The OPSB conducted local public hearings in Cleveland in November 2017 and July 2018 to allow the public to express their views about Icebreaker Wind’s proposal. In addition, the Board received hundreds of written comments from local officials and residents across Ohio regarding the project. The certification process was halted and resumed at Icebreaker Wind’s request.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 26 May 2020
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