Ohio Power Siting Board Delays Icebreaker Windpower Hearing

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has postponed the adjudicatory hearing previously scheduled for Icebreaker Windpower Inc.’s proposed offshore wind project in Lake Erie.

The board says it postponed the hearing in response to a staff request that there be more time to get information from the developer on the pre- and post-construction radar technology monitoring protocol selected for the project. The staff says it needs this information to conclude its investigation of Icebreaker Windpower’s application and make its recommended findings.

The OPSB says it will reschedule the adjudicatory hearing at a later date. The hearing was scheduled for Nov. 17 to allow parties to provide sworn testimony and cross-examine witnesses.

The postponement does not affect the Nov. 8 local public hearing, which will offer the public an opportunity to testify about the proposed facility. Additionally, the OPSB will schedule a second public hearing when a new procedural schedule for the case is established.

Icebreaker Windpower is proposing to construct six wind turbines located approximately 8-10 miles off the coast of Cleveland. The MHI Vestas turbines proposed have a nameplate capacity rating of 3.45 MW, resulting in a combined generating capacity of up to 20.7 MW. The project would include an approximately 12-mile-long, submerged transmission line to bring the electricity generated by the turbines to Cleveland Public Power’s onshore Lake Road Substation.

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