Ohio Siting Board Delays Certification Request For Icebreaker Offshore Wind Farm

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This week, the Ohio Power Siting Board “kicked back” Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.’s (LEEDCo) certification request for construction of the $120 million, 20.7 MW Icebreaker offshore wind project, according to Cleveland.com.

As reported, LEEDCo officials said the decision is only a “bump in the road,” as they are already planning to file updated documents that they expect will be approved, giving the green light to North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project.

In order to achieve certification, the report explains, LEEDCo needs to submit two memoranda of understanding to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for studying the proposed wind farm’s environmental impact, specifically on animals.

The report cites a letter from siting board Chairman Asim Haque to LEEDCo President Lorry Wagner, stating that the application does not have enough information to “comply with Ohio law.”

Icebreaker Windpower Inc. formally filed applications with the siting board for the Icebreaker wind farm in February.

The full Cleveland.com coverage can be found here.

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